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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...

Your Job as a Rider

Your Job as a Rider

When it comes to working a cow, there's a lot going on - you - the horse - your mentors - the cattle!   In the Cow Smart Series, Lesson One is about your job as a rider when you work cattle. This clip also has a fun visualization. I hope you enjoy it. Cow Smart Online...

How to Hold and Adjust Romal Reins

How to Hold and Adjust Romal Reins

Riders who are not accustomed to using a romal are sometimes not aware of the penalties awaiting them if they don’t hold it properly.   The romal should go across the palm and around the thumb or with the thumb on top The hand should be closed into a fist over both...

Holding the 2 Rein

Holding the 2 Rein

I get a lot of questions about how to hold the 2-rein outfit. There are a few different ways, so I’m going to go over each. The great thing about the year spent in the 2 rein (during which you can also show your horse straight up in the bridle) is that’s it’s legal to...

Questions to ask looking to 2022

Questions to ask looking to 2022

This time of year is such a perfect time to think about 2022 – what we want to accomplish – why we want to achieve it – and what success looks like. Then – what is our path to get there? I think about new beginnings first regarding the what and why as such essential...

Two exercises to help spin

Two exercises to help spin

Here are 2 of my favorite ways to tune up a spin other than the fence drill that I’ve posted before. The first is to build cadence and increase speed. Start with a bridled up trot in a small circle. Drive your horses hindquarters up underneath them as far as you can....

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