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post #1 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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What am I doing wrong here?

My mare, Tanner, just got her new saddle recently, so I've been riding her around the cow pasture (the only open piece of land I can ride right now; plus, it's in full view of the house, so if something were to happen...) getting us both used to the saddle.
Now, I don't know anything about working cattle on a horse other than you point the horse toward a cow and the cow runs. And for now, I don't have any interest. Tanner seems to have other ideas. If I asked for anything past a walk, and had her pointed in even the general direction of a cow, she'd haul off after it. She'd let me pull her back if I asked, and wasn't getting out of control or anything, but she did startle a few cows and send them running. (We have pretty gentle cattle, for the most part, and they're not real excitable.) The whole herd was pretty relaxed about us, and just kinda lazed all over on all sides of us, so it's a bit hard to avoid them.
Her previous owners told me that she'd been used to work cattle, but didn't go into detail, and I didn't really ask. So, presumably, she knows how to work cattle and is just working off some kind of cue that I'm giving her without realizing.

At any rate, for future reference, what might be a cue that would tip her off to take after a cow? I'm almost 95% sure it's something I'm doing without realizing it, I just don't know where to look to help cut down on the cow chasing.
(It's not really something I want to break her of, though; I eventually want to try my hand at cattle work. But right now, I have too many horse-projects started to pick out a new one. )
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:28 PM
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it might just be insticnt if shes doing it every time your at cattle. maybe you should let her round a few and then let them go just to get her work at it you know waht i mean and then teach her that everytime there are cows and you want her gait to pick up its not working time.

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the problem with working them is that they're a mix of my uncle's and the farm's cattle, not just mine/my parents. And my uncle is... sort of an *******. He's likely to shoot my girl's legs out from under her and then tan my hide if he ever catches her chasing the cows, be it on purpose or accident. :/ So I really can't have her chasing them.
Plus, the fences aren't so awesome in some places, and if the cattle got to running, they'd probably be out in no time.
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:43 PM
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oh then train her to do it when you get a cetain cue get over there butdont run them

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post #5 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:43 PM
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ask for permissionn it cant be that bad

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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I'm planning on just avoiding the cattle when I can, but they have a tendency of wandering over if they hear people, so it's either work while they're up in the woods and bail when they start heading our way, or figure out what (if anything) is cuing her to herd them, at least until I can start hauling her to the arenas again.
And I worry about her trying to go after cows while we trail ride and running smack into a fence or something. :/
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-30-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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ask for permission it cant be that bad
Oh, it can be. He shot the tires off my 4-wheeler because he saw tire tracks in a field that wasn't even his, and said that since my 4-wheeler is the only one with that tread, I must've been screwing around in the fields. (Turned out that his own ****ed kid had actually stolen my 4-wheeler and run around the fields.) I was... maybe a little under 13 at the time? A year later he shot my calf because it got out once, and he didn't want it leading the rest of the cows through the fence.
He's psychotic. I'd really rather not deal with him. But the farm is technically a third ours, part of that herd belongs to my dad, and three of those cows are my own. So I'm entitled to use it for light riding, and have for many years. Just so long as I'm not bothering the cattle, he doesn't bother me.
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Golly! I think you'd best "bail when they start heading our way"!!! Some horses do like to herd, or cut, and will do it on their own. I was once watching a roundup, some ways away, in my little jumping saddle, enjoying the rustic scene, when a stray steer darted out from the herd and my QH mare BOLTED to head him off---she'd been ridden Western years before, and I guess had some cattle experience. I nearly fell off. Very embarassing. In your case, too dangerous!
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