Im going to try to explain this the best I can. Im hoping rob will find this thread and help me out. He seems very knowledgeable.
A little info on my horse – 10 year old QH gelding. I bought him 3 months ago from a cowhorse auction. I don’t know alot about him but he seemed pretty snappy on a cow and he's bred well. I have no idea what he did in the past but I know he's from the states. He’s not pretty. He’s not built well. But this horse can cut a cow! I've never rode a horse that wanted it so bad! He will be my team penning horse.
Now, in the sale they listed him as a “Team Penning Prospect.” This was not why I bought him. Now that he's at home and I've been working him I can tell that they threw on some beginner that didn’t know how to ride and all they wanted was to go fast.
He wants to rush out of his turn(he will literally turn and then take off, not uncontrollably but all he knows is fast!) and push with his shoulder and not lead with his nose and stay back on his hocks.
So my question is. Do I do the “2 bump” where I stop him square on his end (first bump) then when he turns and he wants to have that forward motion bump him back and make him back up?(second bump). He’s learning that if he sticks his nose out there and leads with his shoulder he's going to get in trouble from the bump and he’s staying on his hocks. I've been doing this method on my dry work and on a cow. It has been working! But I just want to see if there is a different method I should try.
I have another question to. In everyones opinion what is the best way to turn a cutting horse into a penning horse? I have just been taking him to sorting and teaching him to step to a cow and just teaching him the position. He isn’t ready for penning yet I think.