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RIATA (ree-AH-tuh)

A lariat

Related crosswordese: REATA

Common clues: Lasso; Gear for a gaucho; Cowboy's rope; Ranchero's rope; Cowpoke's tool; Lariat; Rodeo rope; Calf catcher; Steer stopper; Vaquero's rope

Crossword puzzle frequency: 4 times a year

A lasso is a loop of rope that is designed to be thrown around a target and tighten when pulled.

Lassoing on the prairie (from the book Prairie Experiences in Handling Cattle and Sheep, by Major W. Shepherd, published in 1884)

The rope is now mainly used in rodeos as an attraction, but it still used to catch fleeing cattle or other livestock. After catching the cattle, the lasso can be tied around the horn, a typical feature of the western or cowboy-saddle. With the lasso around the horn, the cowboy can use his horse as the equivalent of a tow truck with a winch.

Part of the historical cultures of both Mexico and the western part of the United States, trick roping (lasso spinning tricks) was, and is, a well-known cowboy athletic activity. Will Rogers was a well-known exponent of trick roping.

A lasso is made from stiff or stiffened rope. This makes the noose stay open when the lasso is thrown. It also allows the cowboy to easily open up the noose from horseback when releasing the cattle because the rope is stiff enough to be pushed a little. A high quality lasso is weighted for better handling.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Lasso".

RIATA (196) 29 Tu+ >1 06 Lasso NOOSE REATA

28 Tu >1 04 Lariat LASSO REATA

18 Tu+ >1 08 Rodeo rope LASSO REATA

17 We >1 08 Gaucho's rope REATA TIATA

9 We >1 06 Cowboy's rope LASSO REATA

7 Th >1 03 Calf catcher LASSO REATA

7 Tu >1 05 Cow catcher LASSO REATA

5 We >1 02 Dogie catcher LASSO REATA ROPER

4 Tu+ >1 09 Gaucho's lariat REATA

3 Tu- >1 94 Gaucho gear REATA

3 Th- >1 06 Ranch rope REATA

3 Th- >1 07 Roundup rope LASSO

3 Fr >1 07 Steer stopper LASSO

3 Th >1 03 Vaquero's rope REATA

3 Tu+ >1 03 Gaucho's accessory

3 We CSy 08 Ranchero's rope

2 We- >1 96 Cattle catcher LASSO REATA

2 Th >1 97 Cowboy gear LASSO SPURS

2 Tu- >1 09 Gaucho's gear REATA

2 Th- LAT 09 Gaucho's lasso REATA

08 Rope on the range LASSO

2 Mo >1 08 Cowpoke's rope

2 Tu- >1 97 Gaucho's cow catcher

2 Fr- >1 03 Noosed rope

08 Pampas lasso

2 Th >1 01 Port east of Gibraltar

03 Algiers metropolis