Lessions from Horsemen Part 1 - How to tie the 'sobrecarge' rope

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I have been thinking for many years with my wife about doing a series about these 'arriero' horsemen people.

Horses as a concept are easier to get your mind around than horses as an actual series of requirements. If you never owned a horse, I wouldn't recommend it, unless you are a horse person.

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Horsepeople, more generally I will be referring to them as Horsemen, know more than 'how to ride a horse'. I know some things about 'how to behave around horses', this type of knowledge/disposition is not what I am talking about.

I'm talking about ropes.

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First of course you must rope the beast. But after a quick brush and a blanket, the packsaddle goes on and its one series of mysterious knots after another.

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I was having trouble organizing with my regular horseman, who usually comes with eight animals (horse/mules, and lots of rope), and a neighbor offered to help. There were only two animals, but we are getting material moved.

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So during the second day, I saw a chance to make this video. This video is just one of the ropes that need to be tied on every horse, this keeps the metal supports (angarilla) tied to the packsaddle (enjalma). The rope is called the 'sobre carga', and can tie off sacks without an 'angarilla', but its easier with one.

This is Fernando Gaitan, and at the end he says, 'That's all there is to it', as if to ask 'Did you catch all that?'.

Even if you don't speak spanish, watch this quick 2 minute video and let me know what you think. Your worthwhile comments will be rewarded with an upvote.

As we make more of these videos, I am thinking I would go in and add english subtitles, its mostly 'this goes here' and then you put it there' type stuff.

I will also be linking this pist in the youtube description, as a 'web2 funnel'. Give my youtube channel a subscribe if you like (but definitely don't hit the bell 😅)

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I am scared of riding a horse lol. Whenever I go to the beach and the horsemen try to get me to ride, I run from them. I will love to try one day.

Why did they put an iron on it?

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I can’t believe how uneventful the horse is acting. So those are used instead of trucks? Because of logistics or because they are cheap?

Not sure if I‘d like to be that horse.

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Only where the roads don't permit cards, we have some really tough mountain paths out here, steep slopes and major elevation changes. The horse isn't really cheap, its just good at what it does, and eats grass, which we have plenty of as well.

This white horse is named 'Gasolina', and it is an older horse but wonderful in what it does and calm as any horse I have ever seen.

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Ah ok, now I see it. So, in USD how much is a One-Way carry for you?

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I'm paying $1.20 usd per trip from where the car reaches to my house. The horse can take 120 kilograms. The neighbor seems happy with this amount, he can do ~15 per day, and I'm happy because the other horseman was charging $1.35

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This is how it is with life. Someone that does something everyday. Goes "Here let me show you"
(quick movements)
"See! That is all it takes"

I hope you rewarded your neighbor with at least a good meal for the assistance.

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