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Seven Elements of Herdwork

Seven Elements of Herdwork

Not too long ago I did an in-depth 5 hours and 20 minutes total time, webinar series on cutting. I thought it would be fun this week to share 8 minutes of one of the sessions. It's all about breaking making the cut down into individual pieces. I identify seven in all....

Getting a Cow to Turn Away for the Quit

Getting a Cow to Turn Away for the Quit

In this video, I discuss five essentials of good herd work and show examples of: Driving forward for the cut Pausing and then moving across the pen with the flow of cattle Using the cow-side leg during the cut Keeping your horse on his haunches as you make the cut...

5 Tips for Making the Cut

5 Tips for Making the Cut

In this video, I discuss five essentials of good herd work and show examples of: Driving forward for the cut Pausing and then moving across the pen with the flow of cattle Using the cow-side leg during the cut Keeping your horse on his haunches as you make the cut...

If the Cattle Get Tangled on the Cut

If the Cattle Get Tangled on the Cut

I just returned from the NCHA Futurity.  When I saw these two cuts. I thought they would be great examples of how you can make the best decisions possible on the cut if cattle threaten to stay together and 'get tangled up.' Watch for three things:  1. How the cutters...

Take a Hold

Take a Hold

Have you ever wondered what someone means when they say, “Get a hold of that cow!” You might think, “What in the world?????” When a trainer or a helper says this, he or she means to become more aware of your mental and physical connection to the cow in that moment....

Tips to Develop Your Cutting Seat

Tips to Develop Your Cutting Seat

“Seat” as used here refers to stability in physical balance as well as a close connection to your horse. Physically, I’m referring to your backside, particularly from your lower back to the top of your legs. I’m talking about the ease and stability of that portion of...

Stops On A Fast Cow Can be Harrowing!

Stops On A Fast Cow Can be Harrowing!

I receive some form of this question a lot: “What advice can you give an amateur cutter who becomes very anxious and feels out of control when the cow takes off running when practicing in a large round pen … and your biggest fear is the unexpected STOP. Any advice or...

The End of the Turn

The End of the Turn

Most cutting pictures are similar to the one above because they capture a beautiful deep stop at the beginning or middle of the turn.  A lot of herdwork and cutting instruction has to do with how to sit and use your feet before stops and during the middle of the turn....

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...

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...

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