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Preview: Matt Gaines: Working the Flag and Mechanical Cow

Matt Gaines shows off a typical day in his arena as he trains a range of three and four year olds on the flag and focuses on different aspects according to where each horse is at. In the three-part series he uses the mechanical cow to slow down one horse, to get another horse to listen to his feet more, and to help a third focus on getting into position.

Part 1
Matt uses the mechanical cow to slow down the horse. He talks about keeping the horse thinking. He also works a non-pro horse as he tunes him up for the Super Stakes where the horse will be competing in a week.
Part 2
Matt is trying out a new horse. He obviously hasn't trained the horse so he focuses on helping the horse to get comfortable with what his feet are doing. Matt also flags a small futurity prospect. Here, he uses the flag to pull the horse through the turn and concentrates on the position of the horse.
Part 3
Working a talented but hot-minded 3 year old on the flag, Matt reiterates the importance of letting the horse make mistakes and not criticizing them to help build confidence.
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Most interesting and rewarding journeys are never taken in a straight line. That’s certainly been the case for $9 million dollar earner Matt Gaines who took a few side paths on his way to becoming one of the greatest trainers in the sport of cutting.
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