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Training Stock Dogs: Part 2

Part 2: Bringing Up & Starting Your Puppy So, you have gone and purchased a well-bred pup from a reputable breeder for what at the time seems like far too much money. Believe me; it will pay off in the end. Providing you don’t mess things up in the meantime. Serious training won’t start until …

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Training Stock Dogs Part 1

Part 1: Best Traits & Picking a Puppy For any farmer or rancher who has livestock to work, the greatest investment they can ever make is in a good dog. Not just a dog you can sic on cows to chase them, but one you can maneuver into any position you want in order to …

Brian Kelly and Laura Thomson with horses Small Lights and Dually. Small Lights is by CD Lights, a world champion.
Photo by Candice Vetter.

Cutting Horses Down East

New Association, Old Sport The sport of cutting horses may have originated in the Old West, but it has its cowboys, cowgirls and fans in Ontario and Quebec too. Using cutting horses to separate, or cut, cattle from a larger herd is not only a skill still used on farms and ranches today, but as …

Illustration by Ryan McCondach.

Smudging 101

Insect Relief for Your Herd There is a simple, inexpensive method to give your livestock some relief from flies and mosquitoes. It’s called smudge-burning, and every owner should be well-schooled in this fine art. A smudge is a slow-burning, smoke-producing fire. When used properly, it can eliminate the irritation and suffering caused by flying insects …