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Circling the Cow

In previous articles, I shared boxing tips, leaving the corner well, rating and turning on the fence. All that’s left now is to “circle up”. There are some strategies for circling like all the other phases of the fence work. Let’s say you’re going down the left wall,...

8 Reasons to Quit a Cow

Quitting a cow is one of those crucial decisions you make at the spur of the moment when you show in cutting or in herd work classes. This article is about helping you make good decisions about when it’s time to decide if you should quit ... or not.But first, here are...

Troubleshooting Walking A Perfect Circle

In my last reining article, I talked about Essential #2 Walking the Perfect Circle. Here are 3 common problems in walking a circle, and how to fix them: Falling in toward a magnet. You’re on the side of the circle that’s farthest from the barn, and your horse speeds...

Riding Smarter

Training horses is not supposed to be stressful for them or for us. We only need to be smarter than they are to stay ahead of them. (If the reverse were true, they would be "riding" us, right?) Ideally, we use our bigger brains to make learning seem do-able and feel...

How to Find the Courage

It’s a common thing to love what we do, but settle for less than what we really want to achieve. By that I mean we allow our past results to dictate how we see our future potential. If you see yourself in terms of past mistakes and disappointments, most of the time...

Turns

In the last boxing/fence article, I wrote about the importance of leaving the corner well and rating the cow down the fence. These two components can make or break your run. If you leave late and have to catch up, you’ll be going too fast when you turn your cow, which...

How to Stop Leaning

Have you ever struggled with a pesky upper body that insists on leaning before and through the turn? Do your shoulders and torso have minds of their own?Try these ideas to sit (and stay (-:) square, still and deep in the saddle: 1. Let go of trying not to lean. Our...

Walking a Perfect Circle

In a previous article, I covered Reining Essential 1 (giving his face). When your horse is responding well to that, begin work on Essential #2, walking a perfect circle. This one sounds easy, but it isn’t! Once you achieve it, you’ll understand the basics of...

When to Quit! 

If you cut, or do herd work in reined cow horse, or do ranch horse cutting, the nature of those classes is that you have to make moment-t0- moment decisions. There are no pre-set patterns or courses. You hold the reins. You have to make on-the-spot choices.  This...

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