Con Jackson (left) and Lee Larrabee (right) branding and ear-marking an animal near Arkalon, Kansas. Two horses with ropes tied to the saddles are visible in the photograph. Jackson won the riding contest at the Cattleman's Convention in Wichita, Kansas in the spring of 1901. A horse soon learns to keep the rope stretched tight so the animal has no purchase on the rope to jerk the horse.
F.M. Steele / Courtesy of Center for Great Plains Studies/Kansas State Historical Society