Yard Work

Creating Room and Locking the Hip – Putting it all into Practice

What is Mark up to with his hands and feet when training?  A fair bit of it has to do with creating room, between his horse and the beast and locking the hip, then loading up, to obtain the correct turnaround.  Watch this series to understand more about how each of these techniques can improve your
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Mark Buttsworth Explains and Demonstrates his Yardwork Principles

What should you do when the beast presents it tail? What should your position be relative to the cow?  Why is it important to allow your horse to stop?  Mark provides his thoughts to each of these questions and more in this video series.  Regardless of the foundation your horse has there are some fundamental
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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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Phil Dawson instructs Anna on a Gelding who has a Cutting Foundation

When Anna mentioned that she was getting some assistance from Phil we were curious about what he may offer a campdrafter.  To satisfy our curiosity we jumped in the truck and tagged along with Anna and her gelding ‘Star Bar’ to Phil’s place.  Anna has just got her gelding in before she starts a run
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Mat Holz works an accomplished mare at home

In this video series Mat explains his philosophy for working his competition horses at home before working a well performed mare by the name of Atkins Sugar.  When you watch Mat work cattle take note of the time he spends actually working each beast. There are also some specific aspects he is looking for to cease
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Mat Holz checks the foundation on a 6 year old gelding then works him on cattle

This is a great example of Mat’s motto: ‘Take the time it takes…… and it takes less time’.  There’s no big stops or flashy turns in this video series nor does Mat intend there to be.  Prior to working cattle Mat gets this gelding to ‘come back to him’ with some one rein stops then checks he
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Mat Holz works an older mare on cattle

Mat has recently had an addition to his stable from one of his clients.  The mare has a reasonable foundation but has not had a lot of campaigning.  In this session Mat is working the mare on cattle to prepare her to draft next season.  Mat is working on getting the mare to make up
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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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Ben Tapp – Yard Work Fundamentals

In this series we are investigating what Ben is trying to achieve in the yard.  The first video looks at his strategy for commencing his run whilst in the second he talks about the shape and control he maintains in his horses when cutting out.  He also demonstrates the issues associated with using your hand
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