By Patty Wilber
Working Cow Horse, American Quarter Horse Association description of the class.
“…The competition consists of two parts: prescribed reined work and actual cow work. Judging is based on good manners, smoothness, cow sense and ease of reining. During the cow working phase of the exhibitor’s run, one cow is turned into the arena. The horse is required to hold the cow on the end of the arena, make at least one turn each direction along the fence (= down the fence–my add in), and circle the cow both directions.”
It has been a couple of years since I have had a horse that could go “down the fence”, so it was a huge thrill to do that this past weekend, at the Green Chile Classic, with not one, but two horses: My Lucy (Qwhizenart) and Atti (She has Attitude), owned by Judith Huchton. The show was run by the NM Paint Horse Club.
I am not here to tell you we were astonishingly great, but I AM here to tell you that it was a LOT of fun!
Atti held her cow for the boxing portion, then stayed in decent position down the fence and circled up really well! Plus, she had a lot of intent which is something that is newly blossoming in her with her cow work.