Be a Better Horseman - Martin Black
Martin Black Cow-Horse Confidence
Learning to Pull
Whether you’re on an older horse pulling a heavy animal, or riding a colt that is learning to pull for the first time, if you line the rope from the horn over the cantle and straight over the horse’s tail, he is able to pull evenly and balance with both sides of his body. This technique helps the green horse learn to pull well and also makes the task easier on an experienced horse pulling heavy stock. In addition, when the horse has a hard pull, slipping the dallies helps the horse keep momentum and not get discouraged. You never want to stop a horse with a heavy pull, so slip your rope before he quits pulling or turns around.
The horse’s confidence level is so important. You always want your horse to think his job is easier if he can just keep going. It’s a lot better to let a horse think he can pull anything on a rope when you ask him to lean into the load. If you put him in a situation when he discovers he can’t pull something, you have a hard time convincing him he can do it the next time you ask.
- Martin Black
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