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    02-05-2014, 05:02 PM
How To Start Sorting

My over all "goal" for myself lately is if I get a chance to try something new- do it. I've really been wanting to try ranch sorting, but never known anyone with cows.

Lately I found a little barn in my area that is into cutting, but they only have a mechanical cow. This might be a really dumb question but I've never been into this sort of thing before- Would they be able to give me lessons on sorting with a mechanical cow? Atleast to teach me simple, basic stuff? What could they teach me with that ( if anything..) ?
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    02-11-2014, 01:15 AM
Mmmm that's iffy. Sorting and cutting are two different beasts. That's why you can't have a cutter and a sorter (that does well, anyway.) You're asking for two different things with the calf. You really need a few real cows for sorting. What horse would you use? If it was trained for sorting the mechanical cow would mess it up. If your horse is new to sorting, what you really need is to find a field with cattle, and have your horse track the cow. Follow behind the cow move for move. Where it turns you turn. Start off really slow, just walking easy, then increase speed as you progress. Your goal is to have your horse track a cow on its own, without your help. Once that happens, your horse has to learn to rate. That's putting the cow where you want it. Start off slow again, and work to push the cow to the right, then the left, then to that tree over there, then towards and away from cows. Then pick up speed. Get to the point that if someone lowers the tailgate of their truck you could put a calf in the back of it. ;) A mechanical cow can't really help you there.
    02-11-2014, 01:22 AM
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Kind of agree. Kind of disagree.

You need a certain level of cutting knowledge in your horse. Especially working the gate. I can tell you my friend on her ex cutter saved my bacon a time or two at the gate lol.

But like brendagun said the best way to learn is to get some cows and teach yourself and your horse how to move em. Can't substitute the real thing with mechanical in sorting.

Ask around. There may be somebody that does have some or hosts them and just doesn't advertise it much.
    02-11-2014, 01:59 AM
^ agree and disagree. ;) I'd agree with the cutting knowledge for two man sorting if you hold the gate. But that would get you in trouble in three man when trying to sort a cow out and your horse starts cutting.

Which type did you want to try?
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