Working cow horse blends reining and cutting to showcase the skills of horses and riders across the Western Performance disciplines. Learn from champions such as Brad Barkemeyer, Winston Hansma and more maneuvers including sliding stops, spins, and quick pivots.
While it might look like a rider isn't doing a lot to cue their horse when they're in the show pen, subtle hand and leg cues are all you need to successfully signal your horse to turn. Brad Barkemeyer teaches you how to cue your horse.
In order to have a successful lead change, your horse must be willing to move off your legs and stand up his shoulders. These lateral movements help your horse learn where to put his body so he can set up for a successful lead change.
In the progression of teaching a horse lead changes, this diagonal exercise is a great way to keep your horse honest, and listening to your riding cues. Brad Barkemeyer shows you a drill you can add to your riding session.
It's important that your latigo stays in your keeper when you're riding. If it comes undone during a ride, it can be a danger to both horse and rider. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how you can ensure your latigo stays in the keeper.
The next step is working on isolating your horse's hindquarters. Just like when you worked on the front end, it's important to be able to control your horse's hindquarters. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how to do that.
The flag is a huge training tool when teaching a horse how to work cattle. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how he likes to introduce a horse to working the flag so they don't become overwhelmed or scared of it.
Having too much forward motion when you're working a cow can cause a run to speed up. If you're new to working cattle it's important to stay correct and not let your horse get too forward during a run. Brad Barkemeyer helps you maintain your speed.