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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)....

Riding Smart 5-7

Riding Smart 5-7

In an earlier article I shared 4 tips for Riding Smarter Not Harder. Now here’s 3 more! Be a contrarian. This goes along with training every moment. If your horse is wanting to do one thing, make him do the opposite. Is he leaning in one direction? Make him go the...

Are You a “Tough” Thinker?

Are You a “Tough” Thinker?

You can learn to be a tougher competitor in the same way you learn any other skill. In essence, you are an equestrian athlete. Professional and Olympic athletes train mentally, emotionally, and physically. As riders, we can do the same. We can utilize the EXACT same...

Boxing Pitfalls to Avoid

Boxing Pitfalls to Avoid

I really don’t like to dwell on the negative aspects of a run, that’s why I started the previous segment on boxing with the ways to improve your score. However, the score card has many more ways to lose points than to gain them, so let’s spend some time on things we...

Ten Tips For Starting Out in Herdwork

Ten Tips For Starting Out in Herdwork

This month, I thought it would be fun for you to help me respond to the following note I received: “Hi, Mrs. Schulte! I have just now started to ride cutting horses ……. I was wondering if you had any tips for someone like myself who is just now starting to cut....

Troubleshooting the Counter Arc Circle – Reining  Essential #3

Troubleshooting the Counter Arc Circle – Reining Essential #3

In this article on reining, I’ll be addressing troubleshooting problems with Reining Essential 3, the counter arc circle and how to deal with them. Troubleshooting the counter arc circle: Your horse’s response will be affected by his natural asymmetry (his stiff and...

Describing Cattle, Part 1: Faces

Describing Cattle, Part 1: Faces

Herd work in cutting, reined cow horse, ranch cutting, etc., always involves describing cattle.  There you are, walking your horse up through the cattle. You see cattle moving all around you. You’re trying to make sense of it all in the heat of the moment. Of course,...

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