Beginning Team sorting/penning on a young horse?
Hello, I have a coming 4 year old mare I'm looking at putting a lot of miles on this summer. I am very interested in the team pennings/sortings because I think it is something I can do without a trainer(i'm too broke to have one going through college, lol). Anyways, my mare is pretty broke in the basics and can be very catty.
She is getting more sluggish and lazy with a touch of resentment for hard work because she is bred and I haven't ever ridden her consistantly, but hardly ever ride or even work with her on the ground now. I plan on starting her back to riding as soon as she checks out ok by the vet after she foals the first week of April.
I'm wondering if anyone does any dry work with their horses and what they have to have down before you introduce cattle? I have brought up steers for the ropers and she has that down. Every once in a while, I would hold the last steer from going by for a couple minutes before driving them all up the alley. She is broke enough to where I can drive them up myself and sidepass to close the gate to the chute pen before any turn back and take off most of the time. We also like to chase the cattle to the roping chute thing after they have their horn wraps taken off, its pretty dang fun!!!!
I am also interested in hauling my mare for a day to someone who knows how to do all that stuff, so I can get some hands on picking on, lol. I really need it!!!! I'm in central Texas and about 40 miles east of Waco, TX. Also, does anyone know of any beginner friendly sortings/pennings in Texas and are you assigned partners or do you have to bring someone with you? I generally ride and haul by myself. Also, if anyone knows of any extreme cowboy races, I really like to do those as well!!!!