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Ladybug2001 04-15-2013 04:39 PM

Cow sense?
 
Is there a way to tell if a horse would be a good cow sense?

toto 04-15-2013 04:44 PM

Is there a way to know that your horses got cow sense? Yes.. put your horse around a cow! :-P

Cow sense-- when a horse has common sense around cattle.. what i mean by that is- theyre not scared of the cow- theyll get in there and push them around not run away snortin, lol.

Delfina 04-15-2013 05:02 PM

Oh.... so my gelding who ran away from the pursuing cow, as fast as his feet would go, probably isn't a good cow horse?

Dang it!

EquineBovine 04-15-2013 05:03 PM

Chuck them in a padock with some young small cows then up grade them to some big cows. Just make sure horse isn't going to get beaten up or that your horse isn't going to beat up the cows :-) OR just ride them around cows
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toto 04-15-2013 05:38 PM

delfina, sounds like my walker mare.. She sees more than one angus and she literally runs full out sideways blowing out like an evil beast (i hate that noise at least the snort is kinda funny because it sounds like a fart, lol.) All the way up the road untill she cant see them anymore.. our gelding even thought she was being a dork-face! Lol.


EquineBovine, Ive noticed when putting a horse that isnt real cowy in with cattle to get them used to em- they start to develop cattle aggression. Theyll pin their ears and bite their butt when you go to work em.

Ladybug2001 04-15-2013 05:47 PM

I was curious cause there is a bunch of cattle across the street frim part of my pasture. Occassionally my colt just stares out across the road and watches them with a very intense gaze.
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KatieAndZanzibar 04-15-2013 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by toto (Post 2239921)
Is there a way to know that your horses got cow sense? Yes.. put your horse around a cow! :-P

Cow sense-- when a horse has common sense around cattle.. what i mean by that is- theyre not scared of the cow- theyll get in there and push them around not run away snortin, lol.


Ah, so... My colt grew up with a bull and calf for about a year. The only reason my uncle sold him is because he'd chase them off. Would that mean my horse has good cow sense? :-|

toto 04-15-2013 06:04 PM

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Originally Posted by KatieAndZanzibar (Post 2240665)
Ah, so... My colt grew up with a bull and calf for about a year. The only reason my uncle sold him is because he'd chase them off. Would that mean my horse has good cow sense? :-|


Thatd make him cattle aggressive. A good cow horse wont mess with a cow in the pasture. I know people put up vids of their cowy horses chasing a cow around on its own.. that horse is actually being aggressive towards the cow because of the small confined area its in.


I want a horse that ignores the cattle in the pasture with them but when i get on them they chase them off with out pinning their ears.. thats a sign of aggrassion. A good cow horse will chase a cow with its ears up or back listening to the rider.

beau159 04-15-2013 06:10 PM

First time I put my horse Red on a cow, he had ears pinned and was biting at them.

Natural cow sense! He knew what to do, just about without me telling him.

SorrelHorse 04-15-2013 06:18 PM

Cow aggression often stems from cow sense.

Selena is an incredibly aggressive cowhorse. Always works them with her ears pinned but won't touch. Leave her alone, she'd eat them.


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