Originally Posted by cowgirlnay
You also will want to make sure you pay attention when the horse and rider are in the process of cutting one cow out of the herd. Your job will be to help push the other cows back towards the herd at the back of the pen, so that the rider can get to work on cutting their one cow. You don't want there to be two or three straggler cows hanging out in the way of the cutter. Watch a few cutting viedoes on youtube and pay attention to the turnback riders. Pay attention to how much pressure they put on the cows to get them to move, and how they push on the "straggler" cows to get them to go back to the herd and get out of the way of the horse and rider.
I went out with another turn back rider the first few times to get the feel of it. Or just being in the arena on your horse can help when starting, since you learn so much more being out there instead of just watching from the sidelines. Have fun!