Jake Barnes: Knowing the Score

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A hot-blooded horse with a lot of run will tend to score his best on the first few runs in the practice pen. But the more consecutive runs you make on a horse like that, the more aggressive he's going to get and the more he's going to want to leave when the gates bang. After roping a few steers on that type of horse, you might try roping one and scoring two or three. I let each horse tell me how much he needs to be scored. I can't have one moving when the gates bang, or I won't be able to read the start when I get to the competitive arena.