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        07-30-2009, 09:45 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I often help a neighboring farmer move his cattle as horses tend to move cattle quieter than bikes, and can stay with them better if one protestes. Maybe put some feelers out and see if anyone in your area needs an extra person to help with mustering/moving any cattle? If you offer to do it for free and make sure they know you are a responsible, mature person i'm sure someone would be happy to have you along.
         
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        07-31-2009, 08:04 AM
      #12
    Showing
    Folks, thanks for suggestions!

    Yes, there is beef cattle in MD too (plenty in fact), but noone move them or anything: they are generally sits on 10 to 50 acres, and that's it. At least I NEVER heard/seen moving cattle around here. People don't have much property (even farmers) with the prices here and population density. So I think I'll just stuck with that team penning farm for while. Lol!
         
        07-31-2009, 10:39 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    I imagine the first step is the same as adding a jump or barrels or anything else. Flatwork flatwork flatwork. Make sure she is super soft to your hands and legs before you add that extra element...in your case cows.

    I always preferred working with real cows. Some people use those weird robot things but I don't see many real world applications to that. I guess it just gets the horse used to a target.
         
        07-31-2009, 10:58 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hotreddun    
    I imagine the first step is the same as adding a jump or barrels or anything else. Flatwork flatwork flatwork. Make sure she is super soft to your hands and legs before you add that extra element...in your case cows.

    I always preferred working with real cows. Some people use those weird robot things but I don't see many real world applications to that. I guess it just gets the horse used to a target.

    I have one of those "weird robot things" haha. Its called a mechanical cow. We start our babies on the mechanical. Its great because I have the remote in my hand so I already know before hand were the "cow" is going to go and I know were to place my horse and how to ride a head of time.

    I would say that you just need to warm her up good before you start the cows. Each horse is different. One of my mares can basicly be unloaded and tacked up and straight to the pen. I have a gelding that I like him to be good and lathered up in sweat before he steps foot into the pen. His mind just runs faster than he does and he just gets really hard and is quiet the handfull when he wants to be. Probably the reason why im stiill riding him in 2 handed classes and he is a 5 year old jkjk

    Good luck with the training.

    Do you find her cowy? Like can you tell she is interested in the cow or is she just scared at this point?
         
        07-31-2009, 12:27 PM
      #15
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by NicoleS11    
    good luck with the training.

    Do you find her cowy? Like can you tell she is interested in the cow or is she just scared at this point?
    Wow! I've never seen the mechanical cow. Would love to have one, but probably it's not worse it to buy for just one horse.

    She's TOO interested. When the cow runs she tries to take off and run her like crazy, she also pins ears pretty nasty when they try to get away from the corner. We also try to push cows on her so she'll be OK with them all around, and that's when she's rather unsure. I really like to move them in slow way, it's just running which makes me nervous: she gets overexcited and bucks. Also when I chase them out of paddock to the ring (in slow way) she tries to take off after them.
         
        07-31-2009, 12:41 PM
      #16
    Chat Moderator
    I meant when they get them up to work them, shots, and deworming and weaning and things like that.
         
        07-31-2009, 01:40 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    [quote=kitten_Val;365559]Wow! I've never seen the mechanical cow. Would love to have one, but probably it's not worse it to buy for just one horse.

    There is a cheap way to have a mechanical cow to. But you have to have a second person to operate it. Go to a garage sale and pick up an old work out stationary bike. Take the front tire off of it and put a rope through the front wheel and put the other end through a pully system and attach it to the other side of the arena. Put a flag on the upper rope and have some one pettle the bike back and forth... I don't know if that made any sence but ya...
         
        07-31-2009, 03:49 PM
      #18
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NicoleS11    
    There is a cheap way to have a mechanical cow to. But you have to have a second person to operate it. Go to a garage sale and pick up an old work out stationary bike. Take the front tire off of it and put a rope through the front wheel and put the other end through a pully system and attach it to the other side of the arena. Put a flag on the upper rope and have some one pettle the bike back and forth... I don't know if that made any sence but ya...
    Ha-ha - that's a funny way to make it. Yes, it makes sense, so I'll look into that. Thanks!

    Kentucky, cow people are not very cooperative here when you want to do something with the cows. I do remember asking about it couple years back (just from ground, not even in saddle), and the person was hm-hm upset... However I don't blame them, because I'm not positive I'd let anyone to "play" with my cows if I have any. Lol! However I'll ask more around to see MAY be someone will be OK to let me in for $$.
         
        07-31-2009, 04:56 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    My husband and I work cows on the weekends, I only have one gelding that gets excited like you described. I've had him for years, and when I was a teenager, the first time he was around cows I made the mistake of entering him in a fun little team penning competition. He did well, but he got the idea in his head of "check it out, these things are scared of me!" and then he goes on his little power trip.
    When I started working cows with my husband, my horse had no fear of the cows, but was also ready to stroll right into the herd and chase something! I knew nothing of cow work the first time I took him out there and that has made it a little harder to actually use him for cow work since then.
    I have brought several horses that I have started out to work cows and even if they are curious at first, they settle right into the slow work and have no problem walking in with a herd. My gelding, who is beyond trained 95% of the time, still loses it just a tad when he sees a cow. He has learned to contain himself, actually, the last time we worked cows he was in a plain nylon halter with reins because hubby grabbed the wrong bridle. He's just spent a lot of time walking pastures, staying focused on me,and being tied to the side of the cow pens. I learned the hard way to start my cow work slowly.
         
        07-31-2009, 06:44 PM
      #20
    Chat Moderator
    Kentucky, cow people are not very cooperative here when you want to do something with the cows. I do remember asking about it couple years back (just from ground, not even in saddle), and the person was hm-hm upset... However I don't blame them, because I'm not positive I'd let anyone to "play" with my cows if I have any. Lol! However I'll ask more around to see MAY be someone will be OK to let me in for $$.

    True I should have know that since I was one.
         

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