1. There are no bad bits, just bad hands.
2. Sliding your boot further into your stirrup prevents you from putting too much weight in your stirrup and makes you sit down.
3. Riding a horse like he's broke will help make him a broke horse.
4. The 5 most important things in cattle work is: 1. Stop, 2. Stop, 3. Stop, 4. Stop and 5. Stop.
5. The 6th most important thing in cattle work is backing up.
6. Look where you're going, and keep your eyes up all the time. If you're headed straight forward, look up and straight forward. If your cutting a cow out of herd, look at the cow you're cutting, no where else. Sounds simple, it's not!
7. Ninety-five percent of the time your horse's nose is tipped outside, it's because your reins are uneven.
8. Keeping your reins perfectly even is a lot harder than it seems, especially if you're not used to riding with a loose rein.
9. It's better to use 3 or 4 different bits all the time, because different styles of bits rub different areas of your horse's mouth, and then they callus. Move on to a different bit until a new part of the mouth gets tough and when you "hang up" your previous bridle, it recharges on the wall. If you cycle through 3 or 4, the bit will be effective again when the calluses are gone.
10. Expect your horse to succeed and be behaved, and he probably will. Let him fail you, don't expect him to fail.
More detail about our week at "boot camp" later!
Fort Stanton Ride
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