Lessons & Practice Sessions
Come experience the fun and challenge of coordinating the efforts of horse, human and cattle! We provide lessons and practice sessions to increase your roping, penning and general cattle skills. If you don’t have your own horse to ride, we may have just the right mount for you.
To book an individual or group time to do cattle and ranch work, call or email us for details and booking.
Fundamentals of Cattle & Ranch Work
The basis of our cattle and ranch work at Wilson H2 Ranch includes the following:
(Excerpted from Steve Cote –
Stockmanship and Handling Cattle on the Range)
Calmness - Calmness starts in the handler and ends up in the animal. You must be calm around stock before their behavior will improve. If you are calm and stop chasing cattle, they will quit running away.
Motivating Cattle with Pressure - Cattle do something for us because we motivate them to. We motivate them to move predictably by moving around them the right way. They move or stop moving in order to keep us at a certain distance and to avoid increased pressure. When we position ourselves and move exactly where the cattle need us to be in order to have them prefer to move the way we desire, this is correct pressure.
Pressure & Release - Pressure, in itself, means “do something” to cattle or horses. They might decide to run for miles or calmly walk forward 20 yards. Livestock want relief from pressure more than anything and want to be able to control it. Stress builds up in cattle when they can’t find relief from pressure. Panic follows unrelieved stress. Cattle know this. Horses live by it all their lives.
Applying pressure and releasing it correctly at exactly the right time is an essential part of getting animals to want to do (and repeat) something you want them to do—and then do it.
Getting stock to do the right things - Applying pressure and releasing it correctly is the key to getting an animal to want to do something specific—and to do it consistently under all conditions when we want.
It’s natural for cattle to go straight ahead in response to direct pressure to their sides, to slow when we go up the sides with them, or to speed up when we go against the way they are facing. We don’t have to teach them these things. They want to move this way when pressured correctly and when they are calm. All we have to do is create initial calmness and the experience that doing so results in relief.
Make a promise to your stock
Make all of your stock a promise that you will never break: When they respond right, you will release pressure, every time.
You can pressure and release and still be forcing stock, so make sure it isn’t used with force— only with quiet persistence. Your stock will then become calm enough so they can respond exactly how you pressured them to.