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post #1 of 18 Old 10-07-2012, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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a very brave cow horse.


Sometimes I like rooting for the underdog. sorry its not in english but its still pretty funny.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-07-2012, 07:52 PM
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That guy is just asking for his horse to have cow problems after that. I'm confused as to what event this is, but I'd be drawing for a new cow.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-07-2012, 08:57 PM
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When you're working cattle with horses, you aren't just teaching your horse, you are also training the cattle.

I wouldn't have let it go on near that long. Glad the arena hand had some sense and brought the other heifer out.
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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.
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If I remember correctly, this wasn't part of the show, just the mounted folk trying to get the last calf out of the arena for the next run/event to start. The horses in the video are not cow horses.
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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.
You're right.

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.
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While this video may be seen as funny to people who have never worked cattle, it really boils my blood. That rider did nothing to help that horse. The only thing he accomplished was destroying that horses confidence. Someone with more experience should have stepped in and helped because as boots stated... a steer that does that can easily trip up your horse and cause an accident.
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Wow.....I'd be pissed at that cow! Makes ya just want to kick its butt! I'm sure a more skilled rider would've kept that cows feet moving so that it didn't have the opportunity to get head on like that!
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Im sorry but I find it funny! LOL The calf has some courage to stand up to the horse. Yes the rider made an error and I for certain wouldnt have handled that situation that way but it aint me and aint my horse so I find it pretty humorous LOL :)

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post #10 of 18 Old 10-08-2012, 08:18 PM
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That's what happens when you just chase/follow cattle and get them hot and mad instead of establishing control from the beginning, hence the reason for boxing a cow before taking it down the fence in the cowhorse.

I agree situations like that can destroy a horses confidence, especially if he gets in a wreck and you don't the forethought to help him or better yet prevent it.
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