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Preview: Aaron Wheatley: Starting Two Year Olds

Aaron Wheatley gives a great demonstration on how to build confidence in any 2 year old when working cows no matter their talent or disposition. He trains 3 different two year olds in different stages of being introduced to the cow. Aaron checks in with each horse and varies their dry work according to how they are feeling and thinking. In all three works, he consistently talks about holding the horse at the turn and shows how he achieves this on each horse whether on the cow or the flag.

Part 1
Aaron rides a 2 year old on its third time meeting the cow. He believes patience is important here, and not forcing but encouraging the horse to feel the cow. He wants the horse to hold the line not hold the cow.
Part 2
In Part two, Aaron rides a 2 year old that has seen cows for 90 days. This horse, while very cowy is more sensitive. It doesn't like to be helped and is nervous around the herd, so Aaron takes this into consideration both in the way he warms up the horse and trains it. He also focuses on getting the cow, not himself, to stop the horse. He says it's a split second decision that can become a bad habit, making the horse dependent on you without you even realizing it.
Part 3
This mare has had around 80 days on cows but this time, Aaron decides to work it on the flag. He gives a great explanation of how he uses the flag to take pressure off the horse. He chooses to stay back from the flag to encourage the horse to look for it and says it helps the horse to hold the line easier.
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How I got started: I went through Pony Club (like 4H) as a kid and then into western pleasure. I had a chance to ride a cutting horse and was hooked from then on. Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: Thinking it would get easier as time goes on.
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