This is probably the greatest investment I have made in roping in years, no need to keep cattle; which makes sense since we are coming out of drought. I can work all three horses in an hour, keep my older, good horse rating properly without having to run her into the ground, working the younger one without blowing his mind on hard running steers all the time. The results speak for themselves. The only down side is I have to increase the parking area to make space for all my NEW roping mates! Suddenly very popular…..
I've had my machine for about two months and want to thank you for a great product. I can saddle up two horses, hook up the machine, work both of them into a good lather and be unsaddled in a hour, not to mention that the practice is quality runs, not just running down the arena. I figured that at an ordinary, 2 hour long practice on live steers, I may get 6 or 7 good looks at a steer, compared to 15 or 20 in 30 minutes with the Hot Heels. I've owned a heelomatic and don't feel there is even a comparison, first your machine hops in time with how fast you pull it, second you can dally hard if you want to, third the hops are very realistic - if you aren't in time then you miss. I'd rather miss and have to figure out what went wrong than to rope a heelomatic or donkey 20 out of 20 times only to go on to live steers and not see the same results. If anyone is wondering, I've never had the machine tip over in the corner even though we've tried, it's teetered before but just keeps on going.
Our training program both for people and horses need something that can be consistent, life like, and easy. That is what we have found with Hot Heels. In 2002 we purchased a machine, and have roped it with well over 100 horses. We have dallied hard, gone slow, gone fast, tried to tip it over, tried to break the legs, and have found only one thing….it is just plain tough! Nothing matches it when you want to start to simulate a run, and get horses to stay in good position.
As you can see there are hundreds of ways to make this machine help you or your horse. It is my belief that there is no better Team Roping device in the industry. I have roped or owned them all. This is the only one I have now, and the only one my Program needs! This machine has helped me train better horses and get bigger results at all levels of my roping. I encourage anyone to challenge another machine as hard as I have done MINE.
We have owned a Heel-o-Matic ....One rainy day (my son) was thumbing through The Spin To Win magazine and saw the advertisement for Hot Heels, he immediately called me and said there is a pull behind roping dummy that you can actually dally on, I said “no way”....we instantly realized the potential of a machine that simulated the actual movement of a steer and being ground driven there were no electrical parts or batteries to worry about and with the ability to take our colts one step farther teaching them to dally and face up before they were stepped up to live cattle. So far so good, Yes, the Hot Heels is the closest thing you could get to live cattle and yes you can dally and that’s great but my question was how long would The Hot Heels last with constant use? .... When I finally got to put my hands on the machine I was impressed, it was built rock solid.... We have owned our Hot Heels for a few months now and the result is our colts are sharper and better prepared and we have become better ropers. This machine was designed and manufactured by team ropers for team ropers, It’s a made in America real thing!
Oak Grove, Mo
Nathan Hough here... I bought a Hot Heels from you this spring...
The Hot Heels has been great, we use it with the young ropers in our 4-H club and they love it, it was the best choice for us. Kids are able to rope live cattle the first night they try after roping the Hot Heels for a couple weeks, kids are getting hooked on roping. Here's a good example: a young lady (15-16) signed up for Roping this year and she had never been around it she was very good at the show classes and games but her or her horse had never roped, We did a night or 2 of ground work and a night of horse work with the Hot Heels then we roped the Hot Heels as if it were a slow break-a-way calf and increased the speed until a couple nights latter we were putting real calves in the chute. She went 4 for 6 on fast calves the very first night she had ever-roped live cattle. Keep in mind that a few weeks before she had never swung a rope.
Hot heels had taught her how to throw and her horse were to be, the very next time I saw her (couple days latter) she was buying a new roping saddle, she was roping from a games/show saddle-she’s hooked-I'm sure its because the Hot Heels gave her the confidence she needed and we were able to start slow and work up to live cattle and do it right, we could stop bad habits before they started, for the roper and the horse.
I've been able to rope it a bit and we have a blast.
|We have been able to use the machine a few times. It is an excellent teaching tool. The greatest thing is that my 14 yr old son gets to work with it along with his friends without the danger of live cattle. You have created an excellent tool. If we fail to learn, it will not be due to the machine. |