US 9,808,695 B1
Steer roping practice apparatus with improved leg gait
Alan R. Copenhaver, Hinton, IA (US)
Assigned to Hot Heels, Inc., Hinton, IA (US)
Filed by Alan R. Copenhaver, Hinton, IA (US)
Filed on Dec. 29, 2016, as Appl. No. 15/393,525.
Application 15/393,525 is a continuation of application No. 14/749,040, filed on Jun. 24, 2015, granted, now 9,533,209.
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A63B 69/00 (2006.01); A01K 15/02 (2006.01)
CPC A63B 69/0068 (2013.01) [A01K 15/02 (2013.01); A63B 69/00 (2013.01)] 16 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A mechanical roping steer apparatus for practicing roping of a steer, the apparatus comprising:
a rotatable wheel configured to contact the ground surface such that movement of the wheel across the ground rotates the wheel;
a steer assembly comprising:
a frame having a front and a rear, the wheel being rotatably connected to the frame;
a hip structure movably mounted on the frame to move between a first position and a second position, the hip structure having a forward end mounted on the frame and a rearward end;
a leg structure movably mounted on the hip structure to move between a forward position and a rearward position, the leg structure including at least one leg member extending downwardly with respect to the hip structure; and
an actuation assembly configured to move the at least one leg member downwardly toward the ground surface during rearward movement of the at least one leg member;
wherein movement of the leg structure causes movement of a lower end of the at least one leg member along a path defined by a perimeter of a substantially crescent shape.