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The Boleadoras


Lassos of three balls called "Tres Marías" (Three Marias) or "Potreadora"(tamer). It consisted of three weights made of stone, iron or other material. One of these units was lighter and the other two of a similar weight, but never of the same weight so that, when being thrown , they would separate.
These balls were covered with leather tied with twisted or plaited thongs of raw leather. The gaucho carried them tied to his waist or on the back or head of the soft leather pads under the saddle of his horse. Lassos of only one ball called "bola loca" (crazy ball) or "bola perdida"(lost ball): it consisted of a round or oval stone tied with a meter of thong of raw leather, which was thrown as a sling or used tied to one’s wrist to hurt others during a hand to hand fight.

Lassos of two balls called "ñanduceras" or "avestruceras" (ostrich’s): they were made of lead or iron stones, covered with leather that was put when wet, so when it dried it adjusted perfectly. They were tied to a long lasso and they were used to ball ostriches, does and guanacos, that is the reason for its name.

Lassos of three balls called "Tres Marías" (Three Marias) or "Potreadora"(tamer). It consisted of three weights made of stone, iron or other material. One of these units was lighter and the other two of a similar weight, but never of the same weight so that, when being thrown , they would separate.
These balls were covered with leather tied with twisted or plaited thongs of raw leather. The gaucho carried them tied to his waist or on the back or head of the soft leather pads under the saddle of his horse.



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