Ranch Versatility

Ranch Versatility

Ranch versatility includes cattle classes, trail, pleasure, and reining. Learn how to master them all from champion trainers and riders.

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Ranch Versatility
  • Schooling Lopeover Logs

    Once your horse knows the basics of loping over a log obstacle, you can start asking him to stay round over the logs and driving with his hind end. Cody Crow shows you how he schools this obstacle at home.

  • Schooling a Ranch Riding Turnaround

    A turnaround in ranch riding or ranch trail is going to be different from a reining spin. Cody Crow shows you the difference between a 0 turnaround and a +1 turnaround. Then talks about the different ways you can school your turnaround at home to improve your score in the show pen.

  • L Obstacle Practice

    There's a lot you can do with an L obstacle. Cody Crow shows you how you can practice ranch trail at home with the use of just four logs by walking, trotting, backing, and sidepassing it.

  • Schooling Trot-Over Logs

    How do you plus your trot-over logs? Cody Crow goes over the basics of trotting over logs and how you can increase your score in the show pen by practicing at home. Then he shows you a few different obstacles you might be asked to trot over in a ranch trail class.

  • Extension in the Ranch Riding

    Cody Crow goes over the different extended gaits you might see in ranch riding and ranch versatility events and what a credit-earning gait looks like.

  • Ranch Trail Box

    In a ranch trail class you might be asked to turn your horse around in a box. Cody Crow goes over the measurements you might see for this manuever and how you can practice it with your horse at home.

  • Ranch Trail Log Drag

    A log drag obstacle is a common obstacle you'll find in more advanced ranch trail classes. Cody Crow goes over the basics of the log drag and how to safely practice this obstacle at home so your horse is conditioned to dragging different obstacles.

  • Basics of the Bridge

    There are several different ways you might come across a bridge in ranch trail. You might be asked to cross a bridge by itself, but you also might find logs on either side of it. Cody Crow shows you the different ways you might be asked to navigate this obstacle.

  • Ranch Trail Serpentine Logs

    There are different ways you can approach a trot serpentine in a ranch trail class. Cody Crow shows you the basics of this obstacle and then talks about how you can up the degree of difficulty and increase your score on this maneuver.

  • Mastering the Gate: Body Position

    Just about anyone can get through a gate obstacle in a ranch trail class. But do you know how to master this manuever? Cody Crow shows you where he likes to position his horse so he can get through this obstacle efficently and without any penalties.

  • Running Through the Whole Pattern

    To wrap up the clinic, attendees take their new skills and work through the entire pattern. Cody rides along with them, and provides insight for each obstacle.

  • Log Drag Practice, Backing, and Ground Tying

    For the final three obstacles of the Ranch Trail, Cody gives guidance about the log drag, backing through poles, and ground tying. Attendees practice each event, as Cody provides feedback.

  • Practicing Trot and Lope Overs

    After learning how to do trot and lope overs, attendees practice going over these obstacles. Cody works with each person and their horse to fix any major problems

  • Explaining Standing vs. Posting in Extended Trot

    Cody answers a question about posting vs. standing during the extended trot. He personally prefers to post, feeling that it showcases his horse's stride better, but says it is a personal decision.

  • Explaining Lope Overs

    As attendees look on, Cody explains the importance of maintaining a smooth gait during lope overs. He instructs you to look where you're heading, and guide your horse efficiently. Judges are impressed with square turns that show you can guide your horse in tight areas.

  • Gate, Bridge, and Walkover Logs Practice

    Clinic attendees practice these three obstacles, while Cody provides feedback on each one.

  • Qaulity of Movement at the Extended Trot

    For the extended trot, Cody teaches you how to push your horse to extend their trot without losing their smooth gait. You will learn what judges look for during the extended trot.

  • Work the Gate Efficiently and With Purpose

    For your first obstacle, Cody talks about working the gate with purpose, and effciently. He goes over where to stand to open the gate, and how to close it with ease for maximum points.

  • Introducing Ranch Trail Pattern

    Cody talks about each step of the Ranch Trail Pattern he will be using. He walks through the obstacles and gives a general overview of each obstacle.

  • Stopping and Slowing While Working a Cow

    As attendees become more comfortable selecting a cow, they work on stopping straight across the pen, and practice slow work under the guidance of Cody.

  • First Cut on Fresh Cows

    Attendees continue their first cut attempts from the herd, and Cody provides feedback. The herd is more tired at this point, and Cody is able to help attendees determine which cows will still present a challenge, and which ones have figured out how to get back to the herd.

  • Continuing First Cut From the Herd

    When you are later in the draw you are working cows that aren't as fresh. Cody gives you things to look for when you are later in the draw, and attendees continue with their first attempt.

  • Being Later in the Draw and Cutting from the Herd

    Clinic attendees attemp choosing their first cow, and their first cut. Cody provides individualized feedback for each attendee, and has them attempt multiple cuts during this first round.

  • Ranch Trail Ground Tying

    One maneuver you'll see in ranch trail classes is ground tying. Cody Crow shows you a drill you can use at home to get your horse familiar to ground tying.