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By Bob Kinford
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   It seems that most all of clinicians trying to teach the general public about horsemanship are under the impression that good horsemanship doesn't come into play until a horse is ready to start under saddle. Perhaps this was true fifty or a hundred years ago, when horses were raised under range conditions and never handles until they were ready to begin work. That is not true in today's horse world. 
     Today, horses are mainly raised in confined areas. They have their feet trimmed, are vaccinated and wormed. Many live in stalls or small pens and are turned out into an arena for free play and exercise. Yet many, if not most are unruly or just plain spoiled because most people don't realize that good horsemanship starts at birth and continues through the life of the horse.  By practicing good horsemanship your horses will be safer to handle for your veterinarian and farrier (not to mention yourself).  With that in mind, my horsemanship clinics are broken down into two catagories.
     The first is designed for foals through yearlings and concentrates on safely handling your foals so that they become willing to trust you and willingly accept the tasks you ask of them.
         The second clinic is preparing your horse for that first ride. So called "natural horsemanship" is somewhat of a misnomer. Yes, some people can take a mustang off the desert and be riding it in a day. However the average person is taking a big risk in trying this. To me, good horsemanship is preparing the horse to understand what you are asking of it before you actually ask it. Rather than "flagging" techiques (which can result in some spectacular and sometimes disasterous wrecks) I prefer line drive colts until they understand the basics of speed control, turning and stopping in a relaxed and proper manner. It may take five days or up to three weeks before you make that first ride, but when you finally do swing a leg over for that first ride, both you and your colt are confident, ready and safer.
Cattle Working Clinics
     Cattle, like horses have their peculuarities of how they work. People (and horses) have a natural tendency to force a cow into going where they want it to go. As a result things speed up faster than your horse can handle and the wreck is on. It doesn't matter if you are working cattle in the pens, doctoring in the hills or working cattle in the arena, if you know the basic flight patterns of cattle and how they will react, you will accomplish your task easier and faster.
Ranch Roping
     As the saying goes, art mimics life. Looking at paintings from the old Vaquero days and up until the early 1900's paintings seldom (if ever) depicted anyone chasing an animal to rope it. Modern day Western art seldom (if ever) shows anyone roping an animal without going at a dead run. If the old Vaqueros could rope their half wild cattle while at a walk or standing still, why is it that today's cowboys have to chase down today's tamer cattle to catch them? 
     This clinic will teach you how to use the basic flight patterns of cattle to set them up for the basic, high percentage loops, such as the hoolihand, backhand, scoop loop and hip shot. By using these methods you will me able to doctor the majority of your cattle without chasing them, saving you work and keeping your cattle calmer.
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