Cattle Events

It’s a challenging dance, but cutting is a fun, fast-paced event that not only excites horse and rider, but also fires up a crowd of spectators. Dashing from side to side, Sidney Kahla’s gray gelding athletically keeps the black cow...
Spectators at a Southern California Reined Cow Horse Association show back in May of 2015 witnessed a pretty incredible sight: A well-trained horse working a cow without a rider. The 8-year-old mare, Shine Di Light, parted company with her rider,...
Q: My horse spooks every time he sees a rope when we’re trying to catch cattle. Do you have any pointers? A: Many horses will accept an object as long as it’s at their eye level or below. But...
When it comes to equestrian competition, team penning has it all. It requires speed, precision and teamwork between a group of riders and their horses. If you don't have access to a herd of cattle to give this sport...

Test Riding a Cutting Horse

In spring 2006, two of HI’s editors, Toni McAllister and Micaela Myers, attended a Galles-Harrel cutting clinic in Menifee, Calif., the home of world champion cutter Leon Harrel and his business partner, cutting competitor Rick Galles of Indy 500...
An ill-fitting saddle can cause training and behavior problems as well as unsoundness in the horse's back. While many riders are aware of the importance of saddle fit, no scientific evaluation of western saddle fit had been published until...
Cutting, reining and working cow horse competitions share many similarities, one of which is the roll-back. Whether executed while working a cow or when riding a reining pattern, the roll-back is the most efficient way for the horse to...

Cue Speed Between Barrels

Q. My 6-year-old barrel horse runs to the first barrel and home from the last barrel well, but between barrels she shuts off and practically lopes. I’ve tried kicking and even a crop and spurs to no avail. My...
The newest competitive event sanctioned by the American Quarter Horse Association is ranch sorting. Similar to the popular sport of team penning, ranch sorting involves a pair of riders, some cattle with numbers on their hides, a designated holding...

Nail That Lead

Teaching your horse to lope off on the correct lead can be achieved in three simple steps: the set-up, the cue and the release. World-champion reining trainer Casey Deary, of Deary Performance Horses in Weatherford, Texas, explains how. Step...
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