THE VERSATILE HORSE
~ Western Riding every which way
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Traditional cowboy competition is the vein that runs through all western riding activities and although the essential quality of a western horse must be to work with cows (cutting a single cow out of the herd, penning a cow, sorting cows from one herd to another and driving them), over the years, as western riding competition has developed, the classes have become categorised as cattle, showing classes or western games.
Some purists may frown upon the inclusion of “games” as western riding but versatile horsemanship requires that such classes remain a means of giving the horse and rider a relaxing break between the more restrained showing classes and the hurly burly of cattle work.
And if competition isn’t for you? Well -