CowboyWay.com

How To... Attach A Rope Strap To Your Saddle

A "rope strap" is an attachment to a saddle that holds a rope when the rider isn't using it. There are numerous different types that vary according to personal preference.

The simple leather rope strap shown in this article is popular with a wide variety of riders, and is also fast and easy to attach to a saddle. The strap itself is simply a narrow piece of leather with a short slit in one end and a longer slit in the other end. The short slit is for attaching the strap to the saddle, and the longer slit is so that the rider, after wrapping the strap several times around the rope, can spread the slit open and pass it over the saddle horn.

Rope strap on a saddle holding a rope
 

Above: A leather rope strap holding a rope on a saddle.


Things You Will Need To Attach A Rope Strap

Some things you'll need to attach a leather rope strap to your saddle include:
  • Your saddle
  • A hammer
  • Pliers
  • Small Dee-ring with a clip (also called a "Dee-ring with a mounting clip" or a "Dee-ring with a mounting bracket" or a "clip with a Dee")
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • A leather rope strap. Leather rope straps come in different thicknesses, widths, and lengths. The one shown in this article is 1/2 of an inch wide, 36 inches long, and is about 1/16 of an inch thick. There's a 1 inch slit in one end, and a 6 inch slit in the other end. The 6 inch slit comes to within about 1 1/2 inches from end of the leather. A strap like this is strong enough to hold a rope, but should break free if the rope it's holding to the saddle should accidentally get hung up.
Tools for attaching a leather rope strap

How To Attach A Leather Rope Strap

If you look underneath the front of your saddle you will see a series of nails the saddle maker used to help hold down the leather covering the fork. Choose one of the nails as the location for your rope strap, then slide the flathead screwdriver under the piece of leather being held down by that nail and pry the nail loose. In the photo to the right the second nail from the bottom on the right-hand side of the saddle is being pried loose.

Do you have to attach your rope strap here? No. Please see "Where To Attach A Leather Rope Strap" at the bottom of this page.

Pry a nail loose with a flathead screwdriver

Using pliers, pull the loosened nail all the way out. Keep the nail. Pull the nail all the way out with pliers
Slide the dee-ring with a clip underneath the piece of leather loosened when the nail was removed. Line the hole in the clip up with the hole in the leather. Put your dee-ring under the loosened leather
Using the hammer, pound the nail back through the same hole you pulled it out of. Pound the nail back in

Take the end of the rope strap with the long slit and pass it through the dee-ring. Then take the same end of the rope strap - the one with the long slit - and pass it through the short slit on the other end. Slide the end of the rope strap through the short slit
Pull on the rope strap until it is gently snug against the dee-ring. Pull the rope strap tight

You're Done!

Your rope strap is now attached to your saddle. Wrap it around your rope several times, then open the long slit in the end and spread it over your saddle horn to hold your rope when you're not using it.

A leather rope strap attached to a saddle

Comments

Parting Thoughts

Where To Attach A Leather Rope Strap

You can attach a leather rope strap to your saddle any place you want. It's common to attach them where shown in the article above, but it's also common to attach them in other locations. For example, some folks attach them to the fork a couple of inches or so to the side of the saddle horn. Still others attach them in the gullet similar to the location in the photos above, but they use a new nail or screw and put the dee-ring in a new location without loosening an existing nail. It's really just a cowboy thing: It's your saddle and your rope, so you pick the spot.

Other Types Of Rope Straps

Not everyone uses a leather rope strap, or the same type of leather rope strap shown above. Some riders prefer to use rubber looped over the saddle horn to hold their ropes when they're not using them, and still others prefer to use a type of leather rope strap commonly called an "Oregon crossover." Every type of rope strap has it's advantages and disadvantages, so if you're unsure of what type you'd like on your saddle you may need to keep your eyes open to see what others around you are using and ask a few questions.

 


CowboyWay Facebook
CowboyWay Facebook


Shop for the Best Discounted Pet, Equine, & Livestock Supplies!

Shop at Horse.com!

Quarter mark templates

CowboyWay.com

Some images and/or other content on this website are copyright © their respective owners.
All other material copyright © 1999 - 2014 by CowboyWay.com - All Rights Reserved

CowboyWay Home

Horses For Sale / Classifieds

Cowboy eBay

Cowboy Compare

Saddles For Sale

Horse T-Shirts

Jeffers Equine

Coupon Codes

How To / What Is

Horse Gestation Table

Horse Names

Cowboy Dictionary

Cowboy Music

Cowboy Quotes

John Wayne Quotes and Sound Clips

Sitemap

Links

Newsletter

Miscellaneous

Is Bronc Riding Cruel?

Rodeo News

Recipes

Reviews

Quarter Marks

Photos / Posters
Photos of cowboys, cowgirls, horses, and more, often accompanied by text, descriptions, or other information. Also posters for sale.

SmugMug Photos
Photos of cowboys, cowgirls, horses, and more. These photos are for sale, or simply fun to look at.

Check Your Email

Contact CowboyWay

CowboyWay Facebook   CowboyWay Facebook

Download CowboyWay app Have a smart phone?
Download our FREE CowboyWay.com app!

CowboyWay.com is not responsible in any manner for the content found within the CowboyWay website. If you choose to use any of the information on CowboyWay you are doing so at your own risk. It is your responsibility to verify any information found on CowboyWay. Further, CowboyWay is not responsible for the content of any website that can be reached through a link found on CowboyWay. Period.