Originally Posted by Shoebox
I don't know anything about cow horses... but wouldn't it be better for them to get the experience of a stubborn cow? I would think they would want to leave the cow out there, to see if they could deal with it in the end. Not all cows a horse has to deal with will just plod along pleasantly. Shouldn't they train them to be prepared for all kinds of cows? Then again, this is a show, so I suppose they don't want to look silly, with their horses spooking at the cow.
If you are going to work cattle, somebody on the crew had better know what they are doing. Even a little heifer like that can trip up your horse. And what did they teach the cow? There are ways to approach cattle when you want them to move one way or the other. Neither of these guys were effective at using those cues.
As riccil0ve points out neither of those in the video were experienced. But, it did appear to be an attempt at some kind of run, with the guy on the bay initially trying to get the cow off him for the other fellow.