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What Separates Riders

What Separates Riders

It was a chilly and wet day in South Texas. So I decided to take a trail ride. I was thinking about what separates people regarding those who maintain confidence and succeed, and those who don’t. This article has the tales of two athletes that tell that story. I heard...

Fence Work Credit Part B – Run Content Credit and Debit

Fence Work Credit Part B – Run Content Credit and Debit

In my last fencework article, I went over boxing, rate and form and quality of your turns. In this article, I’ll continue with the run content boxes of position and control, degree of difficulty and eye appeal.Position and Control I think most judges would agree that...

How to Fix What Went Wrong on the Cut

How to Fix What Went Wrong on the Cut

It can be challenging to learn herdwork. There’s so much to absorb about cattle, angles, making decisions about moving targets, etc. This is especially tough if you’ve had little to no experience with cattle before you started your cow career. Then there’s more to add...

Reining Essential 4 – More Advanced Backing

Reining Essential 4 – More Advanced Backing

When I introduced backing, we reviewed how to start a green colt backing from the ground (or an older spoiled horse who needs a “life review”).  Today, let’s go over how to advance your horse in backing. While mounted. From his back, use the same rein action you used...

’Reading’ a ‘Good’ Cow vs a ‘Challenging’ Cow

’Reading’ a ‘Good’ Cow vs a ‘Challenging’ Cow

One challenge a rider has in cattle events is being able to predict what a cow will do as he or she approaches it on a horse. That ability to interpret current cow behavior as well as predict future cow behavior is called “reading” a cow. It’s a skill that takes...

Do You Have the Potential for Greatness?

Do You Have the Potential for Greatness?

I'm going to talk about the myth that certain types of people have an ability for higher levels of success. The relationship between personality and performance is often misunderstood. The truth is your beliefs about yourself determine if you give yourself the gift of...

Fence work credits Part A – boxing, rating, quality of the turns

Fence work credits Part A – boxing, rating, quality of the turns

Let’s go over ways that the score for a fence run can go up (or down) from a 70 by getting credit in the run content boxes. In this article I'll go over boxing, rating and quality of the turns.Boxing - your score can go up if you step right up and challenge your cow,...

Evaluating Your Horse’s Desire to Work a Cow

Evaluating Your Horse’s Desire to Work a Cow

Recently I received a question about how to evaluate a cow horse that is nonchalant about his job. How do you know if there are untapped talents within your horse … or if the horse is just not up for cutting? Of course, without asking lots of questions and digging...

Reining Essential 4 – Backing (green horse)

Reining Essential 4 – Backing (green horse)

Backing up is important because it’s not only a maneuver in itself but also the correction for a poor stop.  At this point, however, backing doesn’t mean the same as it will later on (when we’ll want it super-straight, very fast, and in response to few visible cues)....

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