Goat tying is a fast-paced rodeo event that is typically seen in junior/wrangler, high school and college rodeos. The object is to race to the end of the rodeo arena to where a goat is staked out on a 10' rope (The distance from the starting line to the stake is usually 100 feet or so.). Contestants dismount their horse while it is sliding to a stop or running, and race to the staked-out goat, which must be flanked, in order to tie three of its legs together with a nylon or cotton rope (braided or unbraided with an approximate length of four feet). Finally, contestants signal the end of their run by throwing their hands up and getting off the goat to indicate the completion of the run. The contestant with the fastest time wins. There are penalties that may be added to the contestants run at the judge’s discretion. Penalties such as a disqualification if the goat comes untied during the 8 second tie period, 6 seconds (depending on the rodeo) added to a time for the horse crossing the staked rope on the goat, or causing the goat to become loose. A typical good time is 6 to 9 seconds. Goat tying is typically done by girls in high school and college rodeo and by both boys and girls in junior/wrangler rodeos; the only difference is that girls use a goat tying string and boys use a pigging string.
Another name for Goat Tying is "iNanny Slamming."