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Three Multi-Tasking Skills for Setting Up Cuts

Three Multi-Tasking Skills for Setting Up Cuts

Herdwork is what's called a "soft skill," not because it's easy, but because the situation is never the same. During herd work it's challenging because the cattle are always changing position in the herd and in the arena. Plus, as a rider, you make constant decisions...

Smooth Out the End of the Cut

Smooth Out the End of the Cut

One of the most challenging aspects of making cuts in cutting and herdwork classes is how many things are going on at the same time: Staying with our plan and slow on the inside Navigating our horse Making good decisions amid constantly changing cow flow scenarios!...

Herdwork Tips – Using Your Feet in the Turn

Herdwork Tips – Using Your Feet in the Turn

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...

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...

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...

Where do you enter the herd?

Where do you enter the herd?

  Have you ever walked down to the herd without a plan? Maybe you entered the body of the herd without a thought about how you will impact the cattle? In this week's video, I discuss three different places to enter the herd for a cutting or herd work run, the...

How to Deepen Your Seat

How to Deepen Your Seat

This week, this question came up: “What does deepen your seat mean?” Now, that’s a GREAT question. That’s what this podcast is all about.Our seat is the most fundamental part of our riding, and it is multi-dimensional. It is our most direct line of cueing and...

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...

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