Your right Ian, but most of them have been working already and have been through a few cowboys already. If you are the new guy you might get cut a few colts or some crappy horses....I have a horse that my husband, before we were married, cut to him, then sold and cut to me on a different one. And buck you off of you stopped a steer, got short and stopped him a gain...you got one chance then he tried bucking you off. Branding you had to hold the rope off his butt dragging to the fire...or he would buck. Lol.
That's part of being a cowboy is getting by horses that you don't know that may have some quirks. That's why reading a horse and knowing how to deal with it is the best thing.
And like you said all these clinicians advocate all the time ine the world. In cowboying not so much, It is being able to get that same result somewhat with the least amount of time....or at least to where he is rideable outside.
I have said this before in another thread, the colts got started in a short amount time but taken outside and just by going outside and doing something you would be amazed by how much they learn and how fast. Ususally if they are that green, the boss will rope on a day that is easy and good for them to go.
The mind isnt comprimised like blowed up, but they are usually just snorty on the ground ...no big deal. The safest place to be is on their backs with that kind of pony.
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