Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Outside of Oklahoma City
My experience isn't like, epic. What I have learned was me entering working cow classes and having people yell and help me over the fence, one cow clinic, one time playing on my trainers sorting pony in a few classes, and one time taking cows out of a pen at the feedlot. I bought a Western Horsemanship book "Cow-Horse Comfidence", so hopefully that has good pointers as well. That's about it, what I know is: watch their ears, where their head goes they will follow (unless you are super lucky like me and draw the one eyed calf lol), don't get in front of them, keep your horse tipped in towards them...any other advice??
Oh god. A video? Ya'll will laugh your pants off at me!:P sadly you don't get to pick a cow, they announce the number right as you approach the herd (almost like ranch sorting)
When I rode with a sorting trainer, we did a lot of the back up and turns like you stated. Of course, he moved to no-where-land and we never got to work on cows, and he doesn't have service there, so I can't really get help from him..
Only problem is it got my colt turning supper funky, he tries to hard to please and will do his spin half nice then just get clustered up and start stepping under and backward like a sorter. I had to stop that exercise so we could work on just forward momentum.
Be wary of the horse with a sense of humour. - Pam Brown