The Come-A-Long Hitch – What Kind of Rope Do You Need

Steve Edwards: And you’re really bumping on the mule to get it to pay attention, and the downside is, if it’s not wax-coated, it crawls up the nose.

Dave Shrein: Patty says, “I purchased your Come-A-Long Rope. I’ll be trying it on my mule this weekend.” Which leads me to a question that I have, Steve. Of course, you sell a Come-A-Long Rope, and so we’re not here to just talk about your stuff, but you do sell a Come-A-Long Rope. If someone were to get a come-along rope, what are the attributes that they really want? Can they just use any rope, any twine, anything like that? What are the attributes that they’re going to want in that rope, whether it be yours or anybody else’s? Can you just share a little bit about that?

Steve Edwards: Okay, you’re going to want three strands. It’s light strands, and the three strands together make a rope that’s thin and floppy, and it’s easy to use, but it’s also wax-coated. It’s going to be around 24 feet, and the idea… I mean, you can use any rope, and matter of fact, when I do my babies, when I first imprint babies, I use twine on them, because I just want them to move slightly. But the downside is, if you’ve got a mule that doesn’t want to respond, the problem is you’re really using your arm, and you’re really bumping on the mule to get it to pay attention, and the downside is, if it’s not wax-coated, it crawls up the nose, because it gets loose and tight and loose and tight.

Steve Edwards: So, I used to tell people before, take a lariat rope and take one strand out of it, and then that would be good enough. It’s okay. It works okay, and it’s two-strand, but if it’s waxed, it does better. And believe me, folks, by the time you go through the work of making the rope and waxing it, you’ll wish you’d spent $20 for the Come-A-Long Rope. It’s time-consuming.

Dave Shrein: Awesome.

Steve Edwards: Now, all you have to do on my Come-A-Long Ropes is just keep it waxed, especially right there in that first six foot of putting the Come-A-Long Rope on. People tell me, Dave, I get emails and texts and phone calls just hourly, almost on that Come-A-Long kit saying, “Wow. It really works.” And folks, that’s the whole thing is with your bits or with your halters, any of this stuff they’ve got to have respect for it. Here’s what I want you to get in your mind is that, for instance, you want to load your donkey in the trailer. You don’t need to sugar-coat everything to go in the trailer. He’s not going because he doesn’t have respect for the halter. He’s not crossing over a piece of plywood. He’s not following you and this sort of thing because he has no respect for the halter. So, don’t try to do it with candies and all this stuff, or put a carrot on the end of the stick. It’s not going to work. They’ve got to be halter foundational training and that’s where the Come-A-Long Rope along with the Problem Mule video really helps you out.