Class Descriptions

Colt Starting/Problem Solving

 

This class is for horses that have not been started under saddle, or for older horses that are having trouble understanding what is being asked of them, thus causing "trouble" for the human. This class lays the foundation for whatever is coming in the future. Lots of time will be spent preparing the horse for what's coming next - the next moment, the next day, the next year — encouraging the horse to learn to try for the human and in building the horse's confidence in the human and in himself. Buster will do his best to do whatever is right for each particular horse to get him off to the best start possible, considering available time and resources. He will also do his best to help the human understand what is needed by the horse, so the human can do a better job of understanding, supporting and helping the horse get a better deal.

 

Horsemanship 1

 

Buster believes that good horsemanship begins on the ground. He believes that the understanding, confidence, softness, attitude, etc. that you have on the ground with your horse will carry right over into the saddle. This class is designed to help the horse and human develop their relationship on the ground so that they can improve their relationship in the saddle. Most of the time will be spent on proper and safe leading, lunging, backing, ground manners, ect. Some time will be spent riding after the groundwork is satisfactory.

 

Horsemanship 2

 

This class is designed to help achieve a higher level of communication between horse and rider. It emphasizes the rider's awareness of what the horse needs to do with his feet and balance in order to docertain jobs (turn on the hindquarters, forehand, backing, transitions, etc,) We will work on the rider's balance, cues, seat position, etc. so that he can be more clear with his instructions to the horse and make it easier for the horse to understand and do what the rider is asking. It should also make the rider more aware of where the horse is in his understanding of what the rider is asking, and help the rider learn to work with the horse right where he his, so that the rider can better prepare his horse for what he needs to do in the future. Basically, this class should help you work towards increased harmony with your horse through better understanding and through simple, yet precise exercises. We will not do anything fancy in this class, but we start laying the foundation for some really fancy things.

 

Cow Working

 

This class is for riders who want to hone their horsemanship skills and refine their relationship with their horses through working cattle. It is a real job for the horse to do, and Buster believes that a horse knows the difference between a real job and simply making up things to do in an arena. The rider will start to learn how to "read" cattle and how and where to position himself in order to influence the cow to do whatever the rider wants it to do. There is quite a challenge in this class to develop harmony between the horse and rider in order to get a job done. A priority in the class is to get the job done with as little stress as possible to the horses, cattle, and riders. You do not have to be able to go very fast to enjoy this class!

 

Ranch Roping 1

 

This class will introduce the basics of ranch roping, including handling a rope in a safe and efficient manner both on the ground and horseback. We will check your horse out with the rope to see if he is prepared to be roped on. If not, this will become a priority. There will be discussion and practice of different loops and their use and effectiveness in different situations, riding your horse with one hand while holding and swinging a rope, positioning your horse for different loops, dallying and starting to learn to read cattle so as to be a more effective roper. Lots of time will be spent roping a dummy and practicing different loops both on the ground and horseback. Most, if not all, roping of live cattle in this class will be done with a breakaway. There will be a strong emphasis on safety in this class.

 

Ranch Roping 2

 

This class is for folks who have already learned the basics introduced in RR1 and are ready to do more practicing on live cattle. Taking your dallies with a live cow on the end of your tiger line is quite a bit more challenging and exciting than pitching it under a dummy. We'll discuss and practice handling cattle safely and effectively after they're roped with as little stress as possible on both the cow and the horse, working together with other ropers to handle the holdup and set up in different shots, how to help someone who is riding a less experienced horse, etc. There are a million situations that can come up while roping. We'll try to prepare the roper to think ahead of what's going on at the moment and anticipate what might happen next, so as to make things more efficient or head off trouble.

 

This class, like cow working, requires even more communication and harmony between horse and rider. It requires the rider to be able to read cattle, position his horse so that he can get a good throw at the cow, ride with the reins in one hand, and handle his rope at the same time. Again, safety of the ropers, horses, and cattle is of the utmost importance.

 

Home Clinic

 

This Fall we are offering a couple of 3 day clinics at our home place, just west of Paducha, Texas. There will be a maximum of 8 participants, so you can get plenty of individual attention and help with your horse.

 

We will concentrate on all aspects of the fundamentals of good horsemanship, i.e. getting the horse straight, smooth transitions, and stops, backing up, turns on the hindquarters and the forehand, lead departures, and building the horse's confidence in strange situations. In this intimate setting, we can really help you address specific issues you are having with your horse. Most of the riding will be done out in the pasture (the real world!).

 

Comfortable lodging will be provided in our home and bunkhouses, and, as an added bonus, Sheryl will be doign the cooking for us. She enjoys quite a reputation as an excellent cook. Her efforts have earned numerous awards at chuckwagon cooking contests as well as the appreciation and praise fo lots of hungry cowboys through the years.

 

So join us at the Rancho Notso Grande for an unforgettable weekend of good horsemanship, fun, food, and visiting. Sunsets over the Tounge River bluffs are an incredible sight!

 

Dates: October 15-17 and November 5-7, 2010.

 

Cost: $750 - includes clinic fee, meals, and lodging for you and your horse. Please bring your own horse feed.

 

If you cannot bring your own horse, contact us about leasing one for the clinic.

 

Your deposit of $250 reserves your spot in the clinic. Deposits for the October clinic must be received by Sept. 25th; for the November clinic by October 15th.

 

Contact #'s: 806-492-2711 home and 803-773-2159 cell