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post #1 of 6 Old 10-31-2013, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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how to train your horse to do cutting?

I have a saddlebred so I don't expect her to be good but I was just wondering how to. I think it would be fun to do with all my cows. So how do you train them?
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Hi - I have a saddlebred too actually - they aren't really built for cutting - but they do have heart to do just about anything you ask them do do.. BTW I am super jealous you have cows :) I got nowhere to practice..

- I suggest you start by riding a finished cutter to get an idea of what it should look like and feel like to ride a finished horse on the cows..

- have you exposed your horse to cows at all before? How is he around them?
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Hi - I have a saddlebred too actually - they aren't really built for cutting - but they do have heart to do just about anything you ask them do do.. BTW I am super jealous you have cows :) I got nowhere to practice..

- I suggest you start by riding a finished cutter to get an idea of what it should look like and feel like to ride a finished horse on the cows..

- have you exposed your horse to cows at all before? How is he around them?
She is pastured with cows. And she was at her old house. She likes to bossy with them and wants to be the pack leader of them and she acts like she hates them. But when they are seperated she freaks and wants to be with them. I have watched videos of people doing so and I think it would be fun to be able to herd them and seperate them and stuff like that.
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Sure - why not? At least you have place to practice :) Do the cows have their horns filed?
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No they don't. The ones she is pastured with now has horns. But the ones up at the farm that i hope to practice at don't. I think that might be one of the reasons she doesn't like them getting too close to her with out he being the one to get close. And when she pins her ears the cows quickly jump away so i have no doubt they have been kicked lol.
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As an earlier poster commented she's not really built to work a cow. She will have a hard time with the stops and turns that a cow can do and although she may have attitude with the cows that doesn't mean she'll hook up and actually try to work one. If you're just wanting to play the best way to start her is to just take a single cow in the ring with her and let her track it. You will have to guide her in the beginning, and you don't want to put too much pressure on the cow or it will get too fast for her and she won't want to keep trying. As a general rule you never want t a cutting horse to be pastured with your cows. This causes both animals to be less respectful of each other, so if your cow doesn't honor the horse, your horse will loose confidence, and it will go south for you. If you can get her to track without you having to guide her then you can move on to more cattle and actually working. Your goal is to choose a cow for her, move it out of the herd, then lay your reins down and she does the rest. Your only job as the rider is to keep her parallel to the cow, speed her up if she's not in the correct position, set her up to come through a turn fast enough to stay with the cow, and get out of her way to do her job. Sounds easy enough, lol. It's the hardest horse sport I've ever done, but the most exciting also. Good luck with her.
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