Allen Crouch: Works 3- and 4-Year Olds on Cattle
Allen ‘doesn’t try to win cuttings at home’. He works his three-year-olds with the focus being on building their confidence with a cow at this time of the year (June). He does this by making sure whenever he handles the horse with his hands he makes it cow-related. He likes to let the cow turn a little earlier than what his horse does to create some patience and gives the horse room to complete the turn. Allen also works a four-year-old that he really likes and believes it’s an example of the end product he is trying to produce.
This is a three-year-old that is talented but a little green. Allen really likes how the horse waits to see where the cow is going once he comes out of the turn. As soon as Allen feels the horse lose contact with the cow mentally, he stops and steps his horse straight up to the cow to get contact again and goes back to working it.
On this three-year-old, Allen has a tie down (bonnet) on her head, not necessarily for keeping the head down but more to help the horse balance. He gets outside the cow at times to teach a horse it's OK to be out there and to help him get the horse to complete the turn and be clean with the shoulders. Allen also likes to change his angles as he comes out of the turn to help the horse be comfortable in getting up into or against the cow.
Allen works two horses, a potential non-pro futurity horse and a talented four-year-old he is keen on. Again with this three-year-old he likes to get outside the cow, let the cow turn, draw his horse then go catch the cow. All the time his main concern is how the horse is thinking about the cow. Allen likes the four-year-old so much because of the way the horse feels the cow but still listens to and can be directed by Allen.