Ranch Classes Clinic & Samples
The video clips below were taken at UF during a clinic for the new Ranch classes -- Ground Handling, Ranch Roping, and Working Cow Horse Boxing. The second section will have sample maneuvers with commentary.
All videos are in .mp4 format.
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Introduction to Ground Handling
Basics of what is Ground Handling and how it is different from Showmanship, attire, horse turnout, tack, what maneuvers are asked. [7:52min/209MB]
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Square-up, Backing, Moving FH/HQ, Sidepass
Why it is important to square-up, practicing backing, moving the forehand away (turn on the haunches), moving the hindquarters away (turn on the forehand), putting together both turns to teach sidepass. What might receive a "+" score. [8:18min/210MB]
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Backing Horse Away from Handler
How to approach training the horse to back away, what earns more credit, recognize small responses and reward. [5:41min/161MB]
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Lowering the Horse's Head
Why your horse should drop his head to pressure, two different approaches, release when horse yields. [3:44min/101MB]
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Trotting the Horse
Run naturally by horse's side. Don't walk or run in an artificial form. [3:06min/90MB]
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Sample Ground Handling Maneuvers
The maneuvers and pattern excerpts below are not meant to be examples of "ideal" performances. In fact, they intentionally include a range of performances so the discussion could include what was done well, and what could be improved.
Techniques apply to both Ranch Trail (roping the dummy) and Ranch Roping.
Introduction to Roping
Types of ropes, where to get them, handling the rope, roping a dummy (Ranch Trail), scoring points, practice!
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Roping from your Horse
Attaching rope to saddle, dallying, approaching & roping dummy (Ranch Trail), holding reins with rope, horse response.
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Technique for Releasing the Rope
Specific example of how to release the rope for a catch and pull back the slack. [2:15min/64.8MB]
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Ranch Roping and Working Cow Horse, Boxing Only. The techniques above apply to Ranch Roping also, but these clips are specifically about the two cattle classes.
Ranch Roping Explanation
Describes what to expect to in the class, exactly what it entails, and what the entrant needs to do. [2:48min/74.4MB]
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Some Sample Ranch Roping Catches
Three examples of catches, dallying, and the rope breaking away. [1:25min/42.5MB]
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A Couple More Ranch Roping Catches
Two more examples with better quality video. [0:42min/24.9MB]
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Working Cow Horse, Boxing Explanation
Brief explanation & demonstration of how to position your horse when boxing. [3:23min/108MB]
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A quick example of boxing a steer. This is not intended to represent an 'ideal' performance. [1:23min/37MB]
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A Good Boxing Example from YouTube
This is not a UF/4-H video, but a good example of boxing. UF/4-H has no control over what related videos might be suggested by YouTube.