I worked my first cows this past weekend. I was just going to go out and ride but our barn owner thought we could use practice on cows. There is another gentlemen learning how to cut at our barn and although he is a few lessons in front of me, he thought it couldn't hurt to have me work the herd as well. I did turn back for a few rounds and watched closely what everyone else was doing. I very quietly went in and did an awesome job cutting a cow from the herd. Got a few good turns with the cow before it slipped by me. I worked 3 more cows and then turned back for the other riders. It was a great experience and I was rather proud of myself.
This week, I worked on staying off the cow flag. I am riding a horse that loves to face down the cow instead of staying along the side. Paul never seems to want to face down so I can't wait to start working with him but for now, I need to refine my skills.
Things I need to work on is keeping heels down, not pulling on the reins unless I am stopping the horse, leaning back into my stops, and trusting the horse to being able to cut a cow without much help from me.
Another lesson Thursday. My trainer is giving me a faster flag to practice. It's been so much fun.
Jackie's Sonny Daze Haflinger Gelding