Winston Hansma simulates what working with a 2-year-old on a flag looks like. He demonstrates how he works on the fundamentals with the horse to help him grow in his training and use his hands in accordance with his feet.
As you get more comfortable working the cow, Cody instructs you to use your feet to keep your horse straight, and to finish your turns. Don't let your horse push into the cow, and keep them between your hands.
Cody talks about when it's okay to quit your cow and back off, and when you will lose points for quitting. When a cow is not engaging with you, you can quit and choose another. Be careful not to hot quit a cow when it is engaging with you.
Once you've selected a cow to cut, keep a straight line across the pen and keep it from returning to the herd. Keep pace with the cow by staying in line with his eye, and hold your straight line across the pen.
Cody walks through the herd and explains why it is important to settle them, and inspect the cows as you ride through. This is a time to check cattle for health problems, or any other issues that might make them not a suitable choice when picking one to cut.
Step into the lives of Horse&Rider OnDemand cutting experts RL Chartier and Winston Hansma. From the beginning until now, these trainers share their stories and provide insight as to what has shaped them into incredible horsemen.
Although a finished cutting horse doesn't require you to use your hands as often, when you're working with a young cutting horse, your hands are essential tools to train him to accurately perform his job.
Using a martingale on your horse in the practice pen will help him keep his head lower through the turns or keep his head lower while working on backing. Learn how to properly use one with RL Chartier.