The coils of the reata form beautiful circles...there are other circles in the photo too if you search for them.
|Neatly organized coils of a hand braided rawhide reata.|
Below, another buckaroo uses a nylon ranch rope; personal preference, economics, and sometimes the weather dictates what the buckaroo will use on a particular day.
Either way, a loop is thrown to catch the calf's head and another one to catch the calf's heels for branding, vaccinations and castration if it's a bull calf.
|The circle loop is thrown with practiced accuracy and lands around the calf's neck. It's branding day.|
(Yes, I cheated and used my archives)
Check out other circle photos at Sunday Stills!