Saturday, February 19, 2011

Cow Exposure

Last weekend some of my pals invited me to join them as they exposed their horses to cows for the first time or tuned them up in preparation for a sorting clinic they will be attending next weekend. 

With Poco's sight issues, it's been advised I not put him in with cows as we aren't sure how much he'd be able to see. 

If anybody out there has a horse with Moon Blindness that they've ridden to in cattle, I'd love to hear from you.

It was a lot of fun to watch but it was sad to not be riding, knowing that a year ago I would have been in there with them on Champ.  How I wish, wish, wish (a million times over) that I already had the horse I'm planning to get. 

My friends are all heading to a 2-day clinic on sorting this coming weekend.  I've been invited to come and watch and probably will, hoping I'll learn from observation.  But it's not the same as the comaraderie and fun it would be to ride with them! 

Here are some pictures I took from last weekend:

This little mare and her rider usually jump.  Neither had ever been around cows before.  They were both naturals!  Within minutes of being in with them, they were both having a great time. 

My friend, Lisa, had never been around cows but her new horse had.  The horse knew what to do and took great care of his rider.

My Friend and Trainer, Rachel - our leader. 

The low key environment and laughter as well as the close interaction my friends had with their horses had me quickly sold and knowing that this is definitely something I want to join in on!

Some want to walk amongst the clouds.  I just want to walk amongst the cows - and someday, (hopefully soon) I will!


  1. You and me both sister!!! I would love to learn cutting. It looks so much fun. Now if i can stay in my new saddle, I will be doing great. lol. Im looking for a Quarter horse. I had to buy a saddle yesterday. I have a pic posted. I wish we had sorting clinics here in New England. Not to many cowboys up this way.

  2. WOW sounds like alot of fun! On our farm we had cows and horses together so we had no prob with them getting along and working the cattle ! Have a great day !

  3. I can't wait until you have your new horse too! I can totally empathize on the not riding thing. I've been on a horse once in the past two years ugh! And I still have a year to go before Chrome is old enough to ride. Sigh. I'm glad you had fun. :)

  4. I would love to work cows someday. It looks like such fun.

  5. Hello - I just happened to find you by way of another site - but I'm so glad I did! We've had some of the same experiences - we've had Apps, Paints and Quarter horses over the years when my kids were growing up and showing, but it's been a few years since I've riden. Good for you to be out there doing it!
    Best wishes,