Smart Roping Practice To Win
Allen's main focus when building the Smarty was a Realistic corner for heelers. Riding your horse in the correct position is vital to increasing your odds of catching. If you use a machine that cuts the corner when it turns, it forces you to compensate by adjusting your position. Now, with Smarty, you can ride in the same position as you would in a live run. Realistic dallying- Smarty’s legs come together and pull back like a real steer. The combination of the expanding hitch and legs mimic the jerk you get in a live run. Realistic legs- Smarty’s legs are solid and not like the plastic leg on other machines. Because of this, when your rope hits the legs, they feel and sound authentic. Easy to pull- Smarty rides on wide skis and is light-weight so that your ATV doesn’t take the wear and tear you would get with heavier machines. Easy to break down- Have you ever wanted to take your roping dummy apart and take it with you? Now you can. Just pull a few pins and you can load it in your truck or trailer by yourself. Removable body- Take the Smarty body off and rope it on the ground. The body was perfectly designed as a ground dummy so that Smarty would be all you need for your practice sessions. Also, heelers can rope the legs like a saw horse once the body is removed. Turn-loose horns- These aren’t your normal turn-loose horns. Now headers can make a full run and when they face, the rope will pop off from the front.
Allen Bach is one of the few veterans who’ve been able to win year after year with a variety of different partners. Why? His ability to rope smart. Smart roping is more than trying to be fast every time. Allen has spent years analyzing every situation, asking others for feedback and becoming an expert on all the variables that can affect your run.
Here are some videos from the 2013 NFR, with Allen Bach and others talking Team Roping and demonstrating the Smarty Roping Dummy: