This consists in allowing the end of the trail-rope to drag on the ground.
A 'trail-rope' is usually carried, with which the practice of 'trailing' may be effected over open country or the sea.
While watching his various manoeuvres, an object on the ground drew my attention—it was the trail-rope left by my horse.
Per contra, as it falls the weight of the trail-rope is taken by the ground and so lightens the balloon.
I knew the trail-rope to be about twenty yards in length, but I ran a hundred, at least, before making halt.
So deciding, he slips out of the saddle; and letting his horse out on the trail-rope, lays himself down.
Several times in the course of the journey my horse's trail-rope was bitten in two by these nocturnal visitors.
At sight of the bear he had run out to the end of his trail-rope, and was snorting and plunging with affright.
It was my intention to lasso the bull; and for this purpose I proceeded to make a running-noose on the end of the trail-rope.