In the Corner with Lynn Smith

Fast Footwork

By Lynn Smith – 3x National Intercollegiate Goat Tyer, Goat Tying Clinician & Collegiate Rodeo Coach.

It’s common to not run all the way into the goat. We unknowingly cheat with either our right or left leg or both. Learning how to read goats and adjust your footwork takes practice and is often overlooked at ALL skill levels. This is one of the first things we work on at clinics and at college practices.

Slow footwork can result in tripping over or even grabbing the rope to control the goat. Mistakes in flanking also are common from not running all the way into the goat. Keeping speed from your dismount off your horse into the goat, adds to the challenge. Anymore, goat tying is so competitive, footwork will separate the caliber of competitor you are.

Think of yourself like a predator out in the wild and the goat as your prey. You need to set up your run to be smart and to be fast to be successful. Knowing how to use your footwork can save a lot of time.
Shortening your strides and staying on your toes are two keys in a good approach to the goat. Staying on your toes with short, quick steps will help you react and adjust to the goat.

Practice running into position to flank, without flanking. Running as hard as you can, shorten your strides as you get closer to the goat but stay on your toes! Shorter strides will also help you get lower to flank.

Another great tool to develop footwork is a speed ladder. Keep the footwork patterns simple, so you can push yourself to go faster while controlling where your feet land. Stay on your toes so you can move your feet quickly as possible!

Participants in Goat Tying Demonstration at the 2018 NHSFR in Rock Springs, WY.

For more tips or clinic schedule visit or Better Basics Goat Tying on Facebook.

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