What is a Houlihan?
Whats the difference between a head rope and heel rope?
You have to rope like a right-hander, but you have to ride position like a left-hander.” Tiny Bradford made the NFR in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1974, and won rodeos like La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros in Tucson, Arizona, the Red Bluff (California) Roundup and the Sheridan WYO Rodeo.
The houlihan is a one-swing flip shot at a calf traveling in front of you from left to right. With the calf at about 90 degrees to your horse, throw as the calf passes your horse’s ears. A lot of people call it a backhand shot because of the position of your thumb when you swing. It’s really a houlihan.