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Speaking Cow Lingo

Speaking Cow Lingo

I clipped a piece of video for you from my "Cow Characteristics" video in my Cow Class II Program. In this segment, I talk about 'speaking cow lingo'. You: Good position as you travel … slightly ahead of the cow … your leg in the cow’s shoulder. Cow: Begins to slow...

How do you learn to read a cow?

How do you learn to read a cow?

I clipped a piece of video for you from one of my "Cow Classes" in my Core Confidence class. In this segment, I talk about how to 'read' a cow. I also included a clip about where do you approach a cow to turn it. You: Good position as you travel … slightly ahead of...

The Rhythm of Working a Cow

The Rhythm of Working a Cow

One challenge in working a cow, is to get all of the pieces of accuracy, form and rhythm to stay correct … no matter the speed of the cow. This video is a great example of the pretty form and rhythm we all aspire to achieve as we work a cow. Below the video, I explain...

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,...

7 Steps for Making Good Decisions in the Herd

7 Steps for Making Good Decisions in the Herd

It’s easy to wait to hear your name called and then rely on your trainer for a cow plan as you walk to the herd. However, I believe this is the slow road to becoming skilled in the herd. There is so much you can do to set yourself up for herdwork success … as you...

When to Quit! 

When to Quit! 

If you cut, or do herd work in reined cow horse, or do ranch horse cutting, the nature of those classes is that you have to make moment-t0- moment decisions. There are no pre-set patterns or courses. You hold the reins. You have to make on-the-spot choices.  This...

Tips on Cattle Characteristics

Tips on Cattle Characteristics

Barb and I have spoken a lot about reading cattle and watching them settle, etc. However, in the reined cowhorse event, we don’t get to choose our cow. So our surveillance techniques become more general, trend seeking vs studying individual cattle traits.I’d rather...

What to Look for in a Good Cow

What to Look for in a Good Cow

Perhaps you are an amateur or a non-pro who did not grow up around cattle … and now you still don’t have many opportunities to be around them or work them. You’re not alone.  Maybe one of the few times you do get to experience cattle happens during a show run....

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