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post #31 of 35 Old 07-24-2019, 04:49 PM
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@kewpalace We hope to make it to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity again this year but we will have to see when it gets closer. It would be fun to meet up with you and cheer on Scarlett!!

@mmshiro You really should try it! Beware; it is addictive!

And like kewpalace said, horses enjoy it even if they aren't cow bred.
I have cattle to work at my house. Instead of horses leaning towards the gate out of the arena back to the barn during a ride mine lean to the gate to let the cattle into the arena!

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[QUOTE=COWCHICK77;1970748151] @kewpalace We hope to make it to the Reno Snaffle Bit Futurity again this year but we will have to see when it gets closer. It would be fun to meet up with you and cheer on Scarlett!!

Hope you both can make it! I know Scarlett would also love to have additional support!

PS - anyone else want to come, you are more than welcome to come and join the party!!

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It will be fun if we make it @kewpalace !

You would have fun @mmshiro . There is nothing like it. We got to play on cows tonight. My little girls each got a turn riding better horses. They had fun.
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I had a fun experience in Reno - it was related to "Down the Fence". Matthew, Matt's son, and I went to go look at one of Scarlett's judge's sheets. They keep a binding on a table outside the show office. Usually, if you time it right, no one else is there looking at them. Well, we didn't quite time it right and Doug Williamson was there looking at them. He looked at us and said,"You all want to look at these?" I told him we were in no rush so take his time. Matthew was just staring at him smiling. After Doug left, Matthew said, excitedly, "That was one of the actors from Down the Fence!" It was so cute, LOL.
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post #35 of 35 Old 09-26-2019, 01:42 PM
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I loved Down The Fence! I thought they did a really great job with it.

Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
But, the older guy in that movie, the one in his 70's, with dozens of broken bones, he keeps winning at the sport! He is an insanely good rider!

Doug Williamson is the master. *bows down* He's forgotten more about horses and horsemanship than I shall ever learn. Though I shall keep trying!

Originally Posted by Avna View Post
I don't necessarily like reining patterns, with the spectacular stops only possible without injury with special footing and boots, and the spins. But I love the cow work. You cannot train or force or drug a horse into controlling cattle. It is quite a bit like herding with dogs -- they are so much better at it than any human will ever be, not just because they are faster but because they know. Your job is just to tell them which cows go where, and then stay out of their way.

Same! Well said.

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I feel their needs to be some clarification on what the sport of reined cow horse is. Cutting(herd work), reining(dry work, ) and fence work.
Cutting and Reining are sports or disciplines of their own. Adding the fence work to both makes it Reined Cow Horse.

Reined Cow Horse has evolved from the West Coast, California, Vaquero style of training a cow/ranch horse.

For those not familiar with cutting, Cutting is not the same same as team sorting or penning.

The rein and fence work are usually done together. You run your pattern then call for your cow. This is where and why the rein work in Reined Cow Horse is different than the straight Reining. You want to run a nice pattern but you don't want to exert all your horses energy trying to run a reining horse style pattern then when you call for your cow he doesn't have any air! It takes a lot of energy to do it.

Not all Quarter horses are bred equal and same with the sports within the Western discipline. Seems to be many think all QH are supposed to be docile and easy-going, all you have to do is point and shoot.
Cutters usually are smart and hot, same with reined cow horses. Usually, the rejects go on to become barrel, team penning/sorting, rope horses. Reiners don't seem to have as much cow(depending on the bloodlines) and we used to joke about them being dumb because they'd have to be in order to be reiners.

Great post! I think you explain things very well.

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And to ask him to stop hard on bad ground is bad too. It can scare them and more than likely injure or sore them. I had a naturally really big stopper, I had to be very careful about where he was asked to stop because he stopped so hard on his own.

I know what you mean. Ben had a big stop too. We were out gathering one day and I guess I cued for the stop a little too hard. The ground was bad and he tweaked himself a little. He was reluctant to stop for a while after that because he was so nervous of hurting himself again. :'( (Bad dustywyatt)
@kewpalace - love the pics of pretty Pi! <3 And that run of Doug's is just phenomenal.

I LOOOOOVE cow work. It's my favorite thing. Though I refuse to ride Diesel for cows until I get a better seat lol - my hiney would be on the ground on the first jump. Wyatt is cowy but not as quick, so he's good for me to practice on.

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