Recently I attended a Working Ranch Cattle Clinic and before we began on the cattle, we went over learning basic maneuvers. It surprised me how much I learned reviewing these very basic exercises. While working on the simple things like small circles, yielding hind and forequarters, and backing up, I notice a lot more details. How much pressure was I using? Was I making contact in the same place for every cue? did my horse have a “good” side and a “bad” side.
Yes, I know it sounds simple, Sometimes you have to work at the basics to get better at feel and timing. When we worked the cattle, we had a much better experience. My horse was more responsive, and it was easier to put him exactly where he needed to be.
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