Training basic cutting skills in a non-Western environment?
Hello, all! I've recently started thinking of what to do with my horse - a very active and intelligent 6yo gelding. His photos and constitution can be seen in my profile, if necessary. We are currently riding English and Trails with a rope halter, and will progress to a little bit of jumping, when the rains and snow will pass, but I've got an impression that he'd like doing something more challenging and active. For example, when a mare with her foal were in the arena and the mare was being lead away, but the foal wasn't following and I was asked to help (I was in the saddle), Snickers offered me some flat out cutting - purely instinctive, of course, as neither him or me had ever done that, but it was cutting, and successful - he cut the foal away from the other horses and lead it to it's mother. Since then he has offered me this repeatedly whenever I'm riding him and there is a foal or a pony nearby. So, I was starting to think - maybe there are ways how to do some cutting exercises in a country where Western riding is almost non-existent? We have a couple of Western and a couple of Endurance riders in the country, but no training, no shows, etc. No valuable information, too. And no cattle to cut, of course. Is it even possible? My guy really seemed to enjoy it. Maybe there is something similar we cold try in the very basic level, because, as I said - no trainers available?
Other things he enjoys and often trys to provoke when I'm riding him - chasing and racing smaller animals, cantering and galloping to very definite spots. Maybe there is a way I can stimulate his "hobbies" in a safe and fun way for both of us?
And please forgive me, if this question of mine is downright silly. :) I just really don't know much about Western disciplines and training.
I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.