These are two contrasting pictures one shows body position of the horse that takes pressure off of the cow. The other picture shows pressure being put on the cow from the horse’s body position.
The way the horse takes pressure off of the cow and the horse himself is by having the shoulder and rib away from the cow. Rider uses cow side leg to encourage the horse to keep his rib cage from pushing on the cow. By using the cow side leg I mean that I will apply the least amount of pressure that it takes to get the horse to move his rib away from the cow. This movement away is slight but very meaningful. ..
Note: All of the horse’s body parts must be soft and pliable. Parts I am speaking of are the poll, neck, shoulders, ribs and hip. This softness allows rider to easily move the body parts which in turn allows you to help the horse to have the correct body alignment and posture to keep your horse in the most advantageous position to control the cow. If the body parts are not on call, at your will softly, it will cause your horse to brace and push against you. Therefore; taking the horses mind off of the cow and more onto the rider. If a horse is too worried about his passenger his ability to work a cow is severely hampered.
The other picture shows putting pressure on the horse and the cow and the cows attention is going away.
This pressure is caused from the horse’s rib cage being arched toward the cow, the pressure is coming from the rib cage itself. This inverted position is caused from the rider using the herd side leg too forcefully creating a jam in the horse’s body. This will make it difficult for the horse to turn when the cow moves and can cause the horse to become frightened and lose confidence.
The picture also shows the cow is looking away from the horse, see that from where his eye sight is. The importance of where the cow is looking will determine your ability to successfully control the cow. When the cow is looking towards the horse that line of vision becomes the tool used to stop the cow. When the cow is not looking at the horse there is no tool available to stop the cow with. So where the cow is “looking” is key to controlling the cow and what we are trying to convey in this blog is that. The body position of the horse has a tremendous influence on where the cow is looking. Ideal position from the horse allows the cow to look at the horse. Inverted position from the horse often forces the cow to look away. Therefore: the horse either helps to create the tool to control the cow with or by his body position causes those tool to disappear. The absence of the eye sight leaves all of the control where the cow goes to the cow.
Ride Your Picture,