Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: midwest cattle ranch
• Horses: 0
Well, I sorta almost have a career in horses. We own a cattle ranch, and part of my job was to train and manage our remuda. I was in charge of foaling, feeding, starting and putting miles on our horses. Since it's our family business I don't get a paycheck but I have lots of reasons/excuses to be with the horses.
Generally I would do all the groundwork prep before starting under saddle. Then under my supervision one of our sons or my husband would do the first few rides, usually in the round pen with me in the center or on a line. Then I'd take over again to put miles on the horse. So when we needed the horses for cattle work I'd tell who to ride who and knew what each horse was capable of doing.
We don't use the horses on a day to day basis anymore, but still have a handful just in case we need them for the ranch. Sadly, it's quicker and more efficient to move the cattle with a feed truck and an ATV following, but occasionally we still use the horses.
eta- I also rode/trained a little bit for others.
Remuda- a string of horses from which a rider chooses a mount.