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Preview: Craig Thompson: Keeping it Simple with Three Year Olds

In this 3-part series, Craig Thompson works three different 3-year-olds on cattle. Craig also gives an excellent description of what he’s looking for when he cuts he cow. He approaches the cow gently but purposefully, and as a result sets his horses up for a more successful work. You will get just as much out of the way Craig works the herd as you will the way he works his horses. He likes to keep it simple and uses the phrase ‘seat, feet’ ( in Part III ) repeatedly to drive home what he is using and when he is using it to train the horse.

Part 1
This 3 yr old has come off some fast works away from home and works on slowing her down. Stop, rate, shape, wait, read! Craig talks about his cuts and why he likes to make them one handed even though he is working in a snaffle.
Part 2
Craig makes sure he cuts the cow, not the cow cut him. He talks about the importance with 3 yr olds is that they get comfortable on their ends, making sure they don't beat the cow out of the turn.
Part 3
Craig works this 3yr old in a bridle because this horse is a little hot and he wants to be able to help the horse more effeciently and stay out of his way, allowing the horse to work some things out for himself.
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How I got started: My grandpa Thomas Nichols started training horses in the ‘60s and he’s the whole reason I became a trainer. Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: The biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting is not following through with the plan.
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