I attended a lassoing clinic a few years back. It was a chilly November Saturday in an unheated arena-like area. Brrrr!
Step 1: Learn how to hold and circle your rope correctly. It requires a little special wrist action. No problem. I figured that out right away.
Step 2: Let your rope go at just the right moment as to encircle your waiting "calf." This was way more difficult. I was terrible at it. And that "calf" was going nowhere. It sat there still as a fence post.
Step 3: After hours of twirling and throwing, I managed to rope my "calf." It would have been faster to walk up to it and drop the lasso around its neck. Yes, that is how far away I was standing.
Step 4: Once you are good enough at roping the fake calf, my friend (who invited me) said the next step is to get on the horse and practice. Sorry, I did not bring a horse, and neither did she. Marie would return another day to practice with her horse.
Step 5: Practice on a real calf while it is running. (Sorry, not in this lifetime.)
I think one of the Andi fans, Lexi, does it much better. Look at this little cowgirl go! Nice wrist action, Lexi. :-) Meet Peaches, the miniature pony, and Barney, the bottle calf. Here is her blog if you want to read more about this cowgirl. Little Rancher