The Rawhide Riata is available from time to time at Capriola’s. These are rare collector’s items available in 60 to 80 foot ropes mostly 4 plait and are suitable for roping. As an extreme rarity sometimes we find a 6 plait riata, which we can then make available.
Based upon availability prices may vary. Currently we have 4 locally made Riatas and one already broke in!
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Riatas are traditional braided rawhide ropes that were used by the early vaqueros, and are still greatly valued in today’s working cowboy circles. The word “riata” comes from the Spanish word “reatar,” which means to retie, or to a rope that ties two animals together. Historically, the masters of the rawhide braiding craft were referred to as reateros, and those men were held in high esteem just as are their modern counterparts. Riatas have a unique feel and require more expertise to use than a nylon or poly rope. Most riatas today are 4 strand, but can be braided with 6 or even 8 strands. The braid and type of hide used determine the feel and best purpose; the fewer strands a riata has, the heavier work it can withstand because of the thicker, wider strings.