Your Go-To Goat Strings

A fast horse, smooth flanks, and fast hands play a role in your goat-tying run, but your goat string might be your most important asset when it comes to stopping the clock and keeping the goat tied.

Recommended by goat tying coach and past College National Finals Rodeo All-Around Cowgirl, Goat Tying and Breakaway Roping champion Lynn Smith, the Rattler goat strings feature three-ply construction for a sure hold in your tie.

“Choosing the right string can make or break your tie,” Smith shared. “Softer strings are more forgiving and keep a tight tie, which is better for younger and less-experienced hands. As you increase stiffness, you increase the speed of your tie. But if you go too stiff for your experience level, you can end up losing your tie and the goat gets up.”

In line with Smith’s advice, Rattler offers four levels of stiffness for goat tying, plus a boys’ piggin string.

Novice (S): The softest string offered, this is the perfect option for the beginner goat-tyer to get the feel for tying and to perfect technique.

Junior (MS): Small hands need a smaller string, and this one is designed just for the beginner youth goat tyer.

Original (M): The perfect blend of firm and flexible for snappy ties and great control. If you want to add speed to your tie, this is your string.

Pro (H): You’ll have ultimate speed and security with this stiff string. It’s a fast string that’s accurate run after run.

Boys’: A shorter piggin string made with the perfect blend of fibers is a necessity for a young boy entering the goat tying, and this one is the perfect length for manageability.

The Lynn Smith strings come in Original and Pro and measure 52 inches. Rattler goat strings come in all lays and also measure 52 inches. The boys’ piggin string comes in a Novice lay and measures 60 inches.

“The 52-inch strings are pretty standard,” Smith, who now lives in Douglas, Arizona, and coaches the rodeo team at Cochise College, explains. “If you prefer to take an extra wrap, you might choose a slightly longer string. But I never advise cutting a string shorter than 52 inches—even for kids. Getting used to that length is important in developing the muscle memory required to make a slick, quick tie.”

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