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        01-21-2013, 06:09 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    What do you do in terms of cow work to start off, other than a little roping and doctoring?

    I have a greenie I've been riding over the winter. Footings not quite good enough to do much other than ride through the herd, follow a few cows, and sometimes quietly cut them out of the herd and hold them for a minute. I'll probably start her in cattle sorting this spring, but trying to think of what she needs to do before then.
         
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        01-21-2013, 06:36 PM
      #12
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    I have a coming 3 year old that's super brilliant and I can't wait to start her.
    I started my 2 year old last year in a snaffle and she was super soft and used to it on the ground before I rode her and breaking her was super easy.
    I have a video of my dad riding her (her 7th ride, maybe?) when I had my knee surgery.

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        01-21-2013, 07:07 PM
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    Yearling
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        01-21-2013, 09:33 PM
      #14
    Started
    What do you mean when you say you're looking for the horse to get good and comfortable 'rolling around himself'? Moving front and back independently? Off the leg?
         
        01-21-2013, 10:00 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Sorry, I always forget not everyone talks like me! Just a nice, collected rollback. And just to clarify, what I mean by working on the fence is like below. This video is of this four year old mares first ride with a tack rein. Sometimes I like to free the horse up and ride with just my seat and a tack rein to get them to rely more on my seat than my hands.

    https://vimeo.com/57903033


    EDIT: Just uploaded this, so it may take a little while to show up. It isnt anything really special anyways. Just like 10 seconds of a horse working the fence!
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        01-21-2013, 10:04 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LisaG    
    What do you do in terms of cow work to start off, other than a little roping and doctoring?

    I have a greenie I've been riding over the winter. Footings not quite good enough to do much other than ride through the herd, follow a few cows, and sometimes quietly cut them out of the herd and hold them for a minute. I'll probably start her in cattle sorting this spring, but trying to think of what she needs to do before then.
    Just whatever I can get them exposed to. If we are sorting pairs one day, I'll use a colt that hasn't done it before. Or when I used to work at the stockyard here, I would keep a pen of colts there to work everyday on everything cattle related, penning off the scales, alleyway sorting, etc. Any kind of exposure is good exposure.
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        01-22-2013, 08:27 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    What do you look for in a good working ranch horse? At what point do you know whether or not a horse is going to work out for the ranch work in your area?

    I'm in a cattle sorting club, and it seems like almost any breed will work alright in cattle sorting (and most of the same horses are also used on ranches). I've only seen two horses that were awful - they were actually scared of the cows.
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        01-22-2013, 10:22 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by LisaG    
    What do you look for in a good working ranch horse? At what point do you know whether or not a horse is going to work out for the ranch work in your area?

    I'm in a cattle sorting club, and it seems like almost any breed will work alright in cattle sorting (and most of the same horses are also used on ranches). I've only seen two horses that were awful - they were actually scared of the cows.
    Are you talking about conformation or attitude?
         
        01-22-2013, 10:26 PM
      #19
    Trained
    I find this all really interesting. I campdraft, which I suppose is similar to the cow section of working cowhorse.

    Campdrafting is done, on the whole, in snaffle bits. From the greenies right up to the open horses. I honestly can't even imagine doing a draft in a curb bit with a draped rein.

    I wonder if the training of our draft horses is not as good as it could be because of the lack of progression in bitting. Or wether the use of a spade bit wouldn't be compatable with drafting.

    I have always wanted to train a horse to a curb bit and/or a bosal, but I am always worried it will compromise their performance in a snaffle, which is what we have to use for competition.
         
        01-22-2013, 10:29 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    I find this all really interesting. I campdraft, which I suppose is similar to the cow section of working cowhorse.

    Campdrafting is done, on the whole, in snaffle bits. From the greenies right up to the open horses. I honestly can't even imagine doing a draft in a curb bit with a draped rein.

    I wonder if the training of our draft horses is not as good as it could be because of the lack of progression in bitting. Or wether the use of a spade bit wouldn't be compatable with drafting.

    I have always wanted to train a horse to a curb bit and/or a bosal, but I am always worried it will compromise their performance in a snaffle, which is what we have to use for competition.
    Hang on, I gotta watch some videos of it so I can get the concept! Never heard of it. Brb :)
         

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