Preview: Geoffrey Sheehan: Starting Two Year Olds on Cattle ( Blast From The Past Video)
Geoffrey Sheehan is a true horseman. His skills are evident in the way he handles young horses, in this case introducing two-year-olds to cattle. We have had lots of requests for videos on how to start two-year-olds on cattle. ‘ If you can open a gate up up on a two year old then you can start him on cattle.’ Geoffrey demonstrates exactly how to do that in this five-part series on two different-minded horses. One horse is slightly in front of the other, giving insight into how to progress them.
Spud wants to keep everything slow and controlled! Especially as he walks circles, keeping the horses hip up and under him, teaching him to reach in front of inside front foot with outside front foot and shoulder as he turns around to allow the horse to stay balanced through the turn.
It has to be fun and the horse has to be aware of the cow. Spud likes to feel caution in a horses feet as he walks towards the cow! That's why he is really consistent on making sure the horse backs a step as the cow moves.
His filly is begining to settle in, and now he can begin pushing her around with his feet, by side passing her to release the cow and create a stop. Spud is not too concerned about how the filly turns around at this stage! It's more important that she is feeling the cow.
Spud works another two year old that is a little brighter about the cow and feels it a little stronger, but he doesn't change the fundamentals.
Spud never pulls a horse into a stop! He sits down and rides the hindquarters forward into the stop, which also creates collection. He starts stepping the horses front end around to help allow Spud to eventually be able to change angles on a cow as his horses mature in their training.