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post #1 of 13 Old 09-21-2011, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching a reining horse to do team penning

Just bought an 8 yr. old quarterhorse with only reining training...is it worth the time and feesable to make him a team penning horse?
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-21-2011, 08:23 PM
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I would think you'd probably have a pretty good go of it as a team penning horse as long as he gets along with the cows....

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I don't see why it would be a problem. Reining would probably be the best training foundation you could get for a cowhorse that I can really think of.
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Agreed. All I would do is maybe slap him on a flag (Or a friend ) a little bit. Then play with the cows.

Of course I don't ever really "Train" for team penning because I only compete for fun, not for anything serious. But I suppose its cheating for me because my horses are mostly reined cowhorses

The foundation is perfect. Just point him in the direction you want to go!

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...A very advanced maneuver.
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I guess for me the biggest thing would be teaching him to power forward out of his turns/rollbacks and to be prepared to turn again straight away. But agree with others, a good foundation as he should already be very maneuverable.
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I've done my fair share of penning and sorting. A reiner should have the basics for the fast turns, stop & go, and be light in the bridle. I've used reiners before but the one extra ingredient they need to have if you are doing it more then just to have some fun, is that they are cowy.

If your horse could care less about a cow then you will be having to direct him all the time which will slow you down considerably. Turn him loose with a small herd and watch him. He'll tell you if he is interested. I do that with each horse I will use for sorting. The other reason I do it is because some horses are afraid at first, especially when they are bumped by a cow or one runs at them. I would rather have them sort it out before I step in the saddle and a cow tries to run over him.
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There is no reason why a well trained finished reiner should have any problems teem penning. All my reiners double up in reined cow horse and do very very well with it with no extra training. It is all about how well the horse will listen and follow your directions. You will find out how well a horse is trained by putting them on cattle.

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The other reason I do it is because some horses are afraid at first, especially when they are bumped by a cow or one runs at them. I would rather have them sort it out before I step in the saddle and a cow tries to run over him.
I take it you don't own cattle.

I would NOT turn a horse out with the cattle. The horse can become agressive and do a lot of damage. With cattle prices what they are right now, no way I'd risk my calves.

In our area roughing cattle is taken very seriously.
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No, unfortunately. What I'll do is to take them to a friend's place and put her the pen with ~10 cows. I'll go in and move the cows - not get them stirred up but moved from one side to the other so that that my horse will have to react to them surrounding her. Then I'll get on and move the cows from her back.

As for roughing them up, no more so then at a penning or sorting.

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No, unfortunately. What I'll do is to take them to a friend's place and put her the pen with ~10 cows. I'll go in and move the cows - not get them stirred up but moved from one side to the other so that that my horse will have to react to them surrounding her. Then I'll get on and move the cows from her back.

As for roughing them up, no more so then at a penning or sorting.
If you are riding, you can control the horses reaction to the cattle. If they become to aggressive, you can pull them back. There is no opportunity for that if the horse is loose in the pen with the cattle.

I have some photos of my horse looking as if he is going to tear the calf apart but he's been trained to know that his teeth at no time can contact the cattle during a run.
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