I'm an almost middle-aged fairly new rider, bought my horse 4 months ago. He's far more knowledgeable and well trained than I am, so I take weekly lessons with a trainer, but she doesn't do cow work, just working on my riding skills and handling. The last month I've been going to team penning practices, and both me and my horse are coming along very well working cattle. Last week a minimum of three people told me that him and I are a great team. I'm learning to read the cows better and understand where slower is better sometimes. I'm addicted. I just signed up for a sorting league now (what have I done? LOL)
I was hoping some of you more experienced people would have some advice on different exercises I could practice with my horse so some of the maneuvers become more second nature to me. We do quick stops, backing and turning, rollbacks, starting on side passing this week (he knows it, I don't.) I need to get a greater sense of urgency in him to keep those sneaky, fast trash cows from getting across the line.
Any tips or advice on what to practice on our own time would be greatly appreciated.