Originally Posted by toto
There. Is a big difference in a horse that runs off snortin, and a horse that doesnt want to get horned. Ones smart the other is irrational, lol.
I had a grey gelding that darn near climbed out of the corral/arena the first few times I got him near cattle. I thought he might be a bit too spooky to ever make a decent horse.
His next several Sundays were spent standing outside the arena while others practiced roping. Hours of it. A bunch of us took turns riding his spooks and bringing him back to the fence, all while we acted like he hadn't done anything weird.
He became a pretty good ranch horse. And training him for doctoring was very easy.
He was lucky we had the time to work him through that. Otherwise, who the heck could have used him? We're in Wyoming, for pete's sake! I wouldn't have even been able to give him to a trail rider. "You bet. He rides real good. But if he sees a cow..."