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INTRO TO Catle

INTRODUCE YOUR HORSE TO CATTLE FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH ADVICE FROM A WORKING COW HORSE PRO AND JUDGE.
Follow the cattle around the arena while your horse stays relaxed at the walk.

If you haven’t worked cattle before, you may envision the fast moves seen in the movies, like stunt doubles galloping to chase a steer separated from the herd. While the fast-paced rides can be fun, your horse’s first introduction to cattle work shouldn’t include speed or anxiety. Instead, you’ll introduce your horse slowly while both of you remain relaxed.

Trainer Gary Martinez teaches the steps to introduce your horse to cattle without speed and with a calm and relaxed method.

“Take it slow,” he says. “You don’t want to put pressure on the horse or the cattle. Your only goal is to teach your horse to be comfortable and confident in the new cattle-filled environment. It doesn’t matter what work you accomplish in the pen at first. The horse has to have the confidence to know he can stop, control and move the cow around. If your horse lacks confidence, he’ll never be willing to step in front of the cow to stop him. You have to introduce the horse slowly to build his confidence so that you can one day add speed.”

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