Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cowman Dressage

While "Cowboy Dressage" has turned into an arena event with no cattle, there is a reason behind doing dressage movements when working cattle. Holistic educator and low stress cattle handling clinician Guy Glosson has a saying, "You never get a second chance at a first approach."

While it is easy to make a mistake when approaching a cow to sort it off from the others, the real problem is not in the mistake, but in how we recover from it. In order to make a quick recovery, in a way that keeps the cattle calm. Having a horse that knows a little "Cowman Dressage" can go a long way in adjusting those first approach mistakes.

Handling cattle and riding a horse are two things which consist of a large amount of "intuitive feel." In order to be really good at either one, the more feel you have the better you will be. This feel is something most of us have to work at. We don't realize just how sensitive the the feel between us and the horses we ride can be. For those of us who are working cattle horseback, we often feel we don't have the time to work on it, but the fact is we pass up opportunities to work on our feel and focus nearly every time we get on a horse.

Day one of my clinics focus on developing feel and how to take advantage of our natural surroundings to build dressage movements in our horses. While we are doing this, we are also discussing cattle behavior and when to use different movements. Day two is applying these movements on cattle. These clinics are held in the pasture and limited to eight riders.
For more information on clinic dates, or to host a clinic, visit my main website.