Guiding your horse smoothly and accurately through quick moves during the cut can be a tricky thing, no doubt.
One reason is that cutting horses are trained with a lot of direct rein that points their nose initially in the direction of the turn. And then the turn is completed with an offside rein and leg to bring the shoulders across the hind quarters to complete the pivot.
Riding your horse is a series of beautifully interwoven moves that flow one into the next … into the next … into the next and so on. As a rider, this happens when you are grounded in the moment.
Here are 7 ways to help you prepare for that gorgeous flow:
When someone asks this question, it’s never an easy one to answer.
“How do I know if this is the right horse for me? I feel frustrated. I’m not sure if it’s him or if it’s me. I’m losing confidence. I’m not having fun. I just might quit.
It’s not an easy answer because there are a lot of variables involved.
My first response is, “What do you think?”
Recently I was asked for tips to stop squeezing your legs as you go across the pen, especially on a fast cow.
Of course, you don’t mean to squeeze … you just do! Then your horse gets the wrong signal, goes too fast, misses a cow or doesn’t stop well. It’s frustrating. I understand.
Let’s work on this squeezing challenge by first identifying what you do want your legs to do.
I’m very excited about this year as I have more time to create new projects and plot out new travel adventures. A new website is on the horizon, too!
Why is it we have a tendency to not always recognize the best in ourselves and in our horses?
When it comes to the horses, of course we care intensely for them, and we see them as generally wonderful … but when it comes to getting on and riding off, we worry about what we don’t want to happen. Often we’re not thinking of their best, or expecting it.
You’ve heard it before. Someone shouts, “Stop leaning!” Immediately it feels like someone put your finger in a light socket. Your eyes bug out and your back goes stiff in an effort to get upright in the saddle! Ugh! That’s not exactly what you wanted instead!
Without realizing it, it’s so easy to develop the habit of leaning in lots of directions. Maybe you lean and kind of pump your upper body forward to try to get your horse to go (instead of using leg/feet cues only.)
There is almost nothing that feels as good as when a horse stops deeply with a cow … and then draws back and holds it. The stronger the horse, the deeper the stop, the more complete the draw … well it’s just heavenly.
So what happens if you have a run and your horse either doesn’t stop well or he doesn’t draw back over his haunches before he turns? How do you know if it’s because of something you’re doing or if there’s something going on with your horse?
Our lives are journeys full of lessons to learn on and off of a horse. Sometimes the lessons are fun to learn. Other times they come with a little bite in the backside. Here are ten ideas I learned in 2016 that I will take with me going forward into 2017.
Regarding the beloved horse, I learned:
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
"12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”
“THE GIFT OF A DREAM”
On Day 12 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give the gift of living our dreams.
We were all born with very personal and unique dreams.
We are all meant to realize these adventures and have a
rich life day-by-day all along the way.
December is a magical month, I think. Of course, there’s a twinkle in the air for Christmas. At the same time there’s a sense of anticipation for the future … January is just around the corner.
Depending on how things worked out for you this past year, you may be optimistic for 2017, or you may feel a bit sad … wondering if you’ll ever be able to make the kind of progress you desire.
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
“12 GIFTS OUR HORSES GIVE TO US”
“THE GIFT OF GIVING”
On Day 11 of the Twelve Days of Christmas
… our horses give us the gift of giving.
By the fact that horses depend on us,
we experience the joy of giving to them.
They would do almost anything for a cookie!