I have now just finished a tour of NSW and Central Qld completing both horsemanship and cow working courses. The images below were taken from one of the courses. As an observation of the Horsemanship / Cow Working courses, riders that have established forwards in their horses and ride this way find the cow working much easier. The cow working in many ways tells the truth. There is much merit in slow and right, when you add speed, again you get to see the truth. The horse that I am riding is one that Jayne James from Jericho kindly lent for me to ride when I was doing the course out there recently.
The Jericho course was more on the rider and the horse learning not only how to rate a cow but positioning on a cow. Once the horse finds that position on the cow and the rider knows the position, then it is easier for the horse to stay there. Essentially if the horse gets out of position they have to work harder to get back into position. Essentially the lesson is to stay in position and it is then less work for both horse and rider.
The young horse intake for April is now underway with 8 head of horses. In some cases the horses may have more frequent flyer miles than myself with the distance travelled in their arrival. To date the horses have had 5 rides, being ridden outside and in different surroundings. Back home in Australia I have a different setting to that of England. At home I can use the young horses for checking stock waters and stock or gathering when required. These are experiences that I believe help to improve a young horse’s self confidence , while giving a sense of purpose to what is taking place.
On the weekend a lady from England will be arriving at home. Having attended courses that I have run in England she was wanting to improve her horsemanship. A cattle station will be somewhat different to the manege s of Europe. On a limited bases from the end of the year I am offering riders, who are wanting to improve their horsemanship an opportunity to come and spend short amounts of time here at home.
In England where riders have come to the yard that I work out of in Shropshire and ridden out on the Lonymynd Hills many have progressed their horsemanship. I am hoping that this can also be the case here in Australia on my family s cattle property.