EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RIATA
The Mexicans have a terrible and barbarous weapon—the riata!
"I would not that you should hold the riata," said Consuelo petulantly.
One of them had a riata snatched from a saddle-pommel, and with this they tried to bind him.
He would have taken the riata which she was still holding, but she motioned him to precede her.
His hunting-knife had sheared at a stroke the riata round the engineer's neck.
One is called the “riata,” and should be of pliant, evenly-spun 2½-in.
On the right-hand side of your pommel will be a strap and buckle for your riata.
With a riata around his neck, and carefully guarded, we again advanced.
They'll string a riata across the road and hold up the car,209 most likely.
But I feared that harm might come to the riata in the night.
1846, from Spanish reata (see lariat).