"When he got the loop in his hand he had to pay the whole forty feet of rope back through the honda and begin again"
Demonstration of lasso
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A honda is a type of knot used to make a lariat or lasso.

The knot closes as strain is applied to the edges of the rope allowing for the securing of an animal from distance.