Horse Work

Mark Buttsworth Demonstrates how he allows his Horses to Chase Cattle as a Release

Providing a timely release to reward your horse is a great way to reinforce what we’re seeking from them.  For Mark the release that he gives his horses is to allow them to chase cattle. He also releases them from high pressure situations when rating.  Watch this series to get some ideas about how you can
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Rob Leach demonstrates how he utilises stale cattle to get his horses comfortable whilst rating cattle

When we’re competing our horses don’t get a lot of sanctuary time.  They don’t get enough time to get comfortable with what they’re doing.  This exercise is a great way to allow your horses to just rate, in a low pressure way.  Watch Rob work two horses whilst he explains what he is looking for and,
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Ben Tapp Canter’s oblongs

Why, I here you ask?  To emulate his attacking course riding style.  You may have noted that the majority of the leadingtrainers and competitors don’t just canter circles as nice neat circles are rarely achieved whilst campdrafting.  With this exercise Ben is specifically looking to ensure that his horses can accelerate and then check at
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Gav White – Point of View Run Reviews

Watch Gav talk us through some of his runs.  He talks about the strategies that have worked and also where he could improve.  The first video is of Gav riding joker in the open at Barraba.  He wasn’t able to put the icing on the cake.  In this video he discusses what he would do
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Vicki Hiscock works a younger competition mare on bison

In this series Vicki builds on the mares (Olivia) confidence mid week, prior to attending a draft, whilst working on a few specific aspects she’d like to see the mare improve on.   She likes to concentrate on one or two aspects at a time when training instead of correcting every minor aspect. Your session ‘is never
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Rob Leach works Congressman after a big weekend at the ASH Nationals

In this series Rob works Congressman after the ASH Nationals.  He had 6 runs over the weekend culminating in a win in the Open after finalling in the Maiden Series. Not a bad result considering he is only 5 and is fresh off a Novice and Open win late last year (2016). Rob works on
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Tim McCarthy – Point of View Run Reviews at AELEC

Tim has had a lot of success at AELEC.  He recently competed in the ABCRA National Finals and won the Maiden Horse Aggregate title over three rounds and placed 4th in the Open Rider aggregate.  He’s placed in the Classic and also had to swing the whip numerous times here so he knows this course
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Codie Law tracks another horse and rider

If like most of us you don’t have access to bison or cattle there is a lot you can achieve tracking someone else. You can simulate so many scenarios to suit the horse or to work on a specific issue. Whether you need to bribe your kids or lure your mate round with some beers
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Tim McCarthy – Point of View Run Reviews

Although this run didn’t quite come together, Tim has had a lot of success at Ebor draft over the years. He talks through why it didn’t work and, with the benefit of hindsight, what he would do differently. It’s alright to pat yourself on the back when you run a good score, but you can
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Ben Tapp – Training Run Reviews

Ben has two training runs.  Watch the run and Ben’s commentary as he rides the course then watch it from his point of view.  It’s an alternative perspective that will help you determine the way Ben attacks this course.
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