Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Isanti, Minnesota
I work with cattle all the time and have taught many horses not to be scared. The best thing is to start out very slow. Have like five cows in a round pen or an arena and just follow them around. But make sure the cows don't get behind you. As long as the cows are in front of you your horse won't feel as threatened, although he will still probably be scared. It sounds as though your horse may already be somewhat used to cattle so if he isn't scared of following the cows walk at the bunch of cows and try to walk through the herd, you may need some help if the cows are flighty. Try to single one cow out and trot after it. I don't know if you know the basics on where you should place your horse to move the cow where you want to so if you want to know more just ask. Try turning the cow around and taking it back to the herd. Also you will need to increase the size of the herd. For penning there will be thirty cows. The thing that you will really need to spend some time on is going into the herd to peel out the cow you want. It will just take a lot of practice of troting at the herd and singling out the one you want. He will soon realize that the cows will move out of his way and he won't be scared any more. Also with team penning always remember to use the rail to your advantage. For example, if you wanted to pull a cow out of the very middle and take it up the center of the arena you would need a horse on each side, but if you use the rail it is just like having another horse there except for your other team members can be looking for the next cow instead of helping you. Good luck and I think you'll find that he will progress very quickly because he has already been around cows. Have fun and let me know if you have any other questions about anything. I do team penning, ranch rodeos, sorting (feed lot and regular), roping, and I know all of the rules because I am a judge. So just ask I am more then willing to answer!