Preview: Andrew Coates: Getting the Most Out of the Practice Pen
In this four part series, Andrew works a variety of show horses in the practice pen before he shows them at the Wine Country Cutting in Paso Robles, CA. He says that 90% of the time you will not get the perfect work we all want in the practice pen! His main focus is to get a good connection between the horse and cow, and to make sure his horses are comfortable. Andrew explains how he likes to drive off and is not too concerned where the herd settles in the pen. However he is very mindful that when the cattle start getting pushy, he will then move the herd to a different spot in the arena to help ease the pressure.
Andrew works a horse that he showed the day before and explains how he trys to set up a situation with the cows to help his horse get more comfortable off his left foot, so his horse holds her stop a little stronger.
Andrew wants to slow this horse down, because he showed the horse the day before and had a successful run however things were fast. So, he creates a situation in the practice pen, where the cows are not pushing on him, by moving the herd to a different position in the pen.
Andrew works steers and he wants to get his horse to speed up a little on the right because this is where the horse was late when he showed the day before. Again, he moves the herd to a different spot in the arena so he can try to achieve this.
The cows are pretty used up in this video and Andrew reiterates, try not to get too bothered by this and just focus on getting a solid cow related work.