More often than not we chase the neighbor's cows back across the creek to their pastures in the valley, they break out & come across to the big farmers field next to my farm & before they get yelled at, I just saddle her up & push them back home. The cows are the highlander, wooly mammoths with HUGE horns. She is a natural with cows. From day one, she had no previous cow experience or ever saw one & well, my gelding is a chicken, she is all cow bred so this baby girl was out pushing cows back home & shown great cow sense, never let up. My gelding would have hid under a rock.
I've buried this mare in a chest high clay bank & she kept a level head & just followed my lead, cows jumped the path & we never seen it coming, slid down a bank into deep water & climbed up a dangerous mountain side. Even raced a calf down stream back up to the herd, she just pushed & rolled him back to shore.
She has been to a few local open penning & sorting competitions after that & has done good in the ring, she will advance over training this year for the 2013 show season.
I love this mare, she is just great minded & so loyal.
"If you have control of the hoof you move the mind."