Originally Posted by shesinthebarn
Do you have a mechanical cow/flag? Your horse should know the basics of getting on his hocks and have an idea of how to roll back before you get on the flag. If you don't have one, you can always use an athletic friend...just have them run back and forth on your command. After you have the idea down with the flag, (I'm assuming your trainer knows how the cutting basics like distance, shoulder position to cow and how to teach your horse the on ond off switch and to teach you to hunker) start trailing cows. Then maybe start turning back for others and work from there.
Cutting is super addictive - watch out! Is this a ranch versitility class?
No, I don't think we have a mechanical cow/flag, but I'm pretty sure we can either get one or borrow one. If not, I can definitely find a person to use, haha. My mare is trained in reining, so she already knows how to rollback.
Is there anything simple I can do with the cow/flag/person before I start working with my trainer?
It's just plain versatility - we're not doing the ranch one. It includes Western pleasure, English pleasure, showmanship, Western horsemanship, trail, reining, Western riding, cutting, hunter o/f, hunter hack, pleasure driving, barrel racing, stake racing, and pole bending. I'm not going to do all of them, but I want to do as many as I can.