Working Cow Horse

Working Cow Horse

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.

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Working Cow Horse
  • Snaffle Bit Adjustments

    Ensure your snaffle bit is fitted properly by using Brad Barkemeyer's tips for adjusting it.

  • Signaling the Turnaround

    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.

  • Safe Bridling

    Being able to safely bridle your horse is basic horsemanship 101. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how he bridles his horses to ensure he and his horse stays safe.

  • Running Martingale

    Brad Barkemeyer breaks down the running martingale and why someone might use it in their training program.

  • Common Mistakes When Riding Two Handed

    Brad Barkemeyer shows you some of the common mistakes he sees riders make when they ride two handed.

  • Leg Protection:Rear Boots

    Sometimes you need to use back sport boots on your horse. Brad Barkemeyer breaks down when to use back boots and how to properly place them on your horse's legs.

  • Leg Protection:Front Boots

    Know when to use leg protection on your horse and learn how to properly use front sport boots with help from Brad Barkemeyer.

  • Lead Changes:Use the Fence

    The fence can be a handy tool when asking your horse to change leads. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how he'll work flying lead changes while incorporating the fence.

  • Lead Changes:Shift Your Body

    When asking for a lead change, your body position is just as important as your horse's. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how he shifts his body weight so his horse is able to change leads.

  • Lead Changes:Lateral Movements

    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.

  • Lead Changes:Diagonals

    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.

  • Latigo Safety

    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.

  • Isolating the Hindquarters

    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.

  • Isolating the Front End

    Isolating the front end and moving it around helps you gain more control over your horse's body. Brad Barkemeyer shows you how he works with a horse to move the front end over.

  • Introduction to the Flag

    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.

  • Initiating the Turn

    In order to have a successful turnaround the first couple of steps in your turnaround need to be correct. Brad Barkemeyer demonstrates how he sets a horse up to have a good turnaround.

  • Tying Mecate Reins

    In the cow horse, you'll see riders use mecate reins often. Brad Barkemeyer breaks down the basics of how to tie mecate reins and hold them so you can be successful while working your horse.

  • Too Much Forward Motion on a Cow

    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.

  • Make Your HardtoCatch Horse Work

    If you're dealing with a hardtocatch horse, Brad Barkemeyer explains the importance of making that horse work until he chooses to put his attention on you and stand quietly.

  • Handling a HardtoCatch Horse

    When you go to catch your horse, does he run away from you? Brad Barkemeyer shows you some round pen work you can do to build a better relationship with your horse.

  • Cutting a Cow in Herd Work

    Knowing how to cut a cow away from the herd is an important part of cow horse events. Brad Barkemeyer breaks down the basics if herd work and how you can safely cut a cow.

  • Cow Horse Bit Progression:Two Rein

    Learn about the tradition of the two rein and how the setup functions for the working cow horse event.

  • Cow Horse Bit Progression:Snaffle

    Ever watch a cow horse event and wonder why riders are riding in certain bits? Brad Barkemeyer breaks down the bit progression of a cow horse starting with a snaffle bit.

  • Cow Horse Bit Progression:Romal Reins

    Learn about hand placement on romal reins and why it’s important. Brad also explains the various types of romal reins and how to attach them.