The main tool of the American cowboy is the rope, or the lariat. It is the great equalizer. Without the rope, in many instances the cowboy is powerless to get what he wants or do what he wants. But with a good rope and a good horse, it makes all the difference. In a very real sense, the rope is the long arm of the cowboy or the buckaroo because he can reach out much further and catch what he needs to.
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