Training Cattle, Part 2 of 6

It has become clear to me over the last 40 years of herding cattle, that not all movement is equal. Calm movement, characterized by a relaxed walk with heads level with or below the level of the topline, can make moving a herd very easy and enjoyable. On the other hand, panicked movement, with heads …

Starting Your Next Great Horse — Part 1 of 6

Part 1: Building Trust Introduction It’s easy to overlook the importance of the first few weeks of training on a young horse. After all, the spectacular performances which take place at the spring branding, or the rodeo or show arena, do not happen for several months or perhaps even years after the colt was started. …

Quarter Strap Wrap: Slick & Simple

If it serves a purpose and it’s simple, then chances are we’ll try it. This simple but effective idea of the quarter strap wrap solves two potential problems you may experience with your team. It works well, particularly in fly season, if you have a horse that kicks over a quarter strap while he is …

How to Tie a Mecate

A mecate (meh COT eh) is a rein made of a single length of rope, about 20–25 feet long, usually of twisted horsehair. Mecates are used on hackamores and snaffle bits. The bosal (bow SAL) is carried on the horse’s head by a headstall, sometimes called a bosal hanger or, more often, a hackamore. Once …