The man ran into the barn, returned with a lariat, and joined the fray.
Then came a snap of the lariat, and Ralph went down, with the mustang on top of him.
His sword, also an old affair, was tied to his belt with bits of a lariat.
He unfastened the tientos of his saddle which held the lariat.
He tied to the handcuffs the end of the lariat which was attached to the saddle.