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Rating

Rating

Rating is probably the least understood and undervalued part of run content in a fence work, yet besides position and control, could be the most important. Rating is a skill that both horse and the rider can and must develop. It is crucial in steer stopping, cutting,...

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part Three

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part Three

During the run down the fence, if your cow tries to come off it and you are right there, it probably won’t try again. Whatever a cow gets away with once, it will usually try again. Also try to make the first run down a long one to give you plenty of time to set up...

Set Yourself Up for Success in the Show Pen

Set Yourself Up for Success in the Show Pen

There is a big shift happening in the world of horse competition today. The old model of "I'm an uninformed amateur who's messing up my horse, and I'll never get it" is fading in the background. The days of 'there's only winning and losing' are becoming a thing of the...

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part Two

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part Two

Position and control are the most important elements in a cow horse event. You want to be the mirror image while working. If you draw a wild one you are in the right place at the right time trying to control it, and the cow doesn’t honor you, you should be awarded a...

A Common Cow Turn Mistake

A Common Cow Turn Mistake

I have a short video that explains a common error when riders make cow turns. They tend to release a horse from remaining on its hindquarters before the turn is complete. This often happens towards the end of the turn. It's caused by using your feet too soon, or...

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part 1

Making Bad Cows Good Down the Fence Part 1

In a reined Cowhorse contest or a cutting, the cattle are the most important single factor. In the cutting at least you get to choose, so you only have yourself to blame if you pick poorly. In the reined Cowhorse contest, you don’t know what you’ve got until it walks...

Seven Cow Behavior Facts Every Rider Should Know

Seven Cow Behavior Facts Every Rider Should Know

Those pesky cattle! When you think you understand them, they surprise you!  Here are seven facts about cattle behavior to help you de-mystify understanding their behavior and to help you predict how they will act when separated from the herd (in cutting and herdwork)...

Keep Expectations High – No Excuses!

Keep Expectations High – No Excuses!

Hey, it’s Barb, What I always find amazing is the fact there are always more layers to understand and learn in anything we do. Of course, that’s true about communicating with our beloved horses and developing our riding skills. The depth and breadth of what seems to...

Backing A Circle

Backing A Circle

I wanted to share one of my most favorite exercises for suppling a horse. I also use it to help them make the right choices by offering it as a more difficult alternative to their current “choice”, if that choice is not what I want them to be doing. Let’s say for...

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