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Training basic cutting skills in a non-Western environment?

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    02-14-2012, 07:26 PM
Do the geese make a horse put his nose lower so he can see them?
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    02-14-2012, 07:31 PM
Lol Rob. Dare you to try it someday. Or do you have canada geese in your part of the world? Cows don't always co-operate when you want to work slow and I don't have a mechanical cow at my place.
The horses get very very focused on the geese when we play with them.
    02-14-2012, 07:42 PM
But i'm serious.i would think the horse will put his head down to focus on the geese.and no,i don't have geese,but I do have a mechanical cow,cattle and buffalo.
    02-14-2012, 07:54 PM
Yes both horses that I have done it with did quickly figure out to lower their heads and really sit down to work. We used to train cattle dogs on geese so I just figured a horse could do it too.
    02-14-2012, 09:22 PM
Great idea.
    02-14-2012, 09:36 PM
LOL, I have heard of using geese or ducks for starting pups but not a hell of a lot cheaper feeding geese rather than a bunch of yearlings!
    02-15-2012, 02:45 AM
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Thanks for the great input, everyone! A mechanical cow would be a great option and I'll consider it, but it's out of question right now due to financial reasons. We don't have goats, but we have a dog, which Snickers tried cutting just last evening. And we have a filly, which has also been cut one time, when she was trying to escape the arena and Snickers went to the rescue. For now, I love the idea to train with another horse&rider - I have a friend who might be interested. Also, I will maybe try to find someone who will mimic the run-stop-rollback-turn-run move, so I can trot Snickers along this pattern. Gotta give it a try, he sure seems to enjoy such activities. :)
    02-15-2012, 04:06 AM
Cutting is a nice task. But before deciding what branch of western riding you’re going to choose check your horse what he is good for. To give you a hint, I won’t drive my Explorer on an Indy track because it is built for bad roads. Same goes with horses. If you discover kinda cutting gene I’d try cutting. Maybe first with a cow-trac and later with real cows.

Two years ago when playing with PK from the ground he always wanted to cut me. I liked this game and came to the clue to put cutting on the upper half of my priority list. With my trainer we tried PK at the cow trac but he wasn’t that interested in an artificial cow, more in the red ‘power’ lamp of the cow trac control unit. But in the coming months there will be cows at a stable nearby and let us see how PK going to manage this.
    02-15-2012, 06:22 PM
I used to make my kids duck and dodge for a horse, occasionally. And, to be fair, I returned the favor for them.
    02-15-2012, 10:15 PM
Originally Posted by boots    
I used to make my kids duck and dodge for a horse, occasionally. And, to be fair, I returned the favor for them.
LOL! That was nice of you!

I worked for a trainer that would make me do that in the warm up pen...especially when the warm up/practice cattle were soured. I used to get laughed at lol

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