The ability to read a cow and respond well - is a cross between intoxicating fun, skill, and art!
But an immense frustration in learning is the few opportunities to work live cattle.
Plus, it's commonly believed you can only learn to read and work cattle by working them live. However, that's not the entire story - although - it is true that you do need experience – of course.
But, there's so much you can learn - and exercises you can do - on your own - to get cow smart.
Let me help you discover exciting ways to grow knowledge about cattle and the exercises you can do to practice. Then, when you do work live cattle, you'll be more confident, have a plan, and be ready to go for it!
When you pay in Full, you can Gift a Friend for $47.
"Barb, You make learning about cows exciting and interesting! The next time I work a cow, I will be much more knowledgeable and be able to look at cattle in a different way." ~ Sharon L
Improve Your Ability to Read a Cow.
Move with Confidence and Rhythm.
oRespond instantly and stay in position to a darting, moving cow.
o Be a good partner with your horse to help him stay correct as you move with a cow.
o Understand position, rhythm, and timing to control a cow in a specific way (depending on the cow sport.)
o Identify a cow and predict how it will act when separated from the herd.
o Stay slow on the inside as you and your horse stay with a fast cow on the outside.
Video replays for each session are available now - and indefinitely - on the COW SMART website - for a lifetime!
NEW EASY LEARNING FEATURE!The replays per Workshop are divided into 7-8 short videos - the individual lessons. The Q&A portion is also a separate video per Workshop.
JoinCOW SMARTand you'll receive...
"This is amazing information! "~ Kerry D.
3 OLINE WORKSHOPS REPLAYS with BARBRA SCHULTE (PLUS Q&As THAT ANSWERED MULTIPLE QUESTIONS)
Understand and Recognize
Read and Direct
Flow and Connect
21 TOPICS,12 EXERCISES, and GAMES TO BUILD YOUR SKILLS - ON YOUR OWN
Each webinar contains 7 sequential topics with how-to examples, tips, and exercises to grow your knowledge and develop your skills.
DOWNLOADABLE NOTE-TAKING SHEETS AND EXERCISES FOR EACH WORKSHOP
Follow along with Barbra and take notes during the replays. Download any or all of the Exercises to refer to on the go.
CIRCLE OF TRUST: A SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY OF BARBRA'S FELLOW COURSE MEMBERS
Monthly live Zoom interviews with various professionals to continually build your knowledge base on topics you need to be well-rounded. Membership is for a life-time.
THE WORKSHOPS, NOTE SHEETS, AND EXERCISES ARE AVAILABLE NOW AND ON THE COW SMART WEBSITE - FOREVER!
The replays of the live workshops, as well as the Q&A sessions, will be broken up into short videos by topic - like an index.
The 3 Workshops with Barbra
These three Workshops are available to watch on the COW SMARTwebsite NOW.
PLUS - A NEW 4TH BONUS WORKSHOP COMING UP - TUESDAY, 2/15
We will spend this 4th session reviewing members' own, personal videos. I will give feedback on how to improve your cow work. This is an opportunity for you to get direct tips from me and ask questions at the same time.
UNDERSTAND and RECOGNIZE
Take the mystique out of reading and working cattle by exploring:
What is the ultimate experience of 'working' a cow? What does the finished product feel like?
The nature of cattle and how that impacts arena work
Describing and identifying cattle in 'cow lingo' (-:
READ and DIRECT
Purposefully influence a cow’s behavior by exploring:
What part a cow's temperament plays in how controllable it is - and the signs to look for to predict it's behavior
How a cow’s direction and movement are influenced
How to practice the essential skills of ‘rating’ and ‘traveling’ with a cow
Defensive vs. offensive postures in different cow sports
FLOW and CONNECT
Understand how a horse and rider move efficiently and effectively together to influence a cow:
The stop/turn/draw mechanical sequence for the horse, the rider, and as a unit
The cow/core connection
Purpose driven self-talk
Common horse and rider mistakes and how to remedy them
"I learned so much. For those of us who are not around cows all the time learning how to identify one black cow from another is so helpful. It’s amazing much detail you pointed out that I would never have seen. I’ve always felt embarrassed when a trainer or herd helper told me which cow to go after and I had no idea what they were talking about. I appreciate your patience. You're always diplomatic in answering some tough questions."
~ K S
You'll Learn a Ton of Tips and Exercises
Be clear about your job as the rider for reading and working a cow
Understand the natural tendencies of cattle as a herd animal: on horseback, on foot, and in the arena
Realize the behavioral differences between heifers, steers, and bulls
Discover what is meant by “fresh” vs. “sour” cattle
Adopt a system for describing the physical and behavioral characteristics of cattle
Describe and identify cattle easily
Understand a cow’s ‘body language’
Predict a cow’s behavior when separated from the herd based on observable actions
Be able to understand and speak cow lingo with trainers and cowie friends!
Which skills can be developed with a flag - and which cannot
Make cattle watching fun
Understand how and why your horse moves most efficiently with a cow
Know how to guide, use your eyes, legs and feet to help a horse be accurate and timely when moving with a cow
Common mistakes of the rider, horse, or the team (for many of the topics) and their remedies
"The concepts in this program are so clear and well-articulated. I have much more confidence with cattle. I don't feel nearly as vulnerable and lacking knowledge as I used to!" ~Peggy M
"As always there is a wealth of information... I love the way you breakdown in detail each step of the process, focus on yourself, your horse, the cow, seat... so much great information." ~ Judy R
About Barbra Schulte
Barbra Schulte is driven by a singular desire - to help others grow their confidence and reach for the stars.
She is a High-Performance Coach, Cutting Horse Trainer, the author of four books, the publisher of video blogs and online programs, a clinician, speaker, and an honoree in the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame.
As a national cutting horse competitor, Barbra was the first woman to win two legs of cutting's triple crown.
She was awarded the National Female Equestrian of the Year Award by the AQHA and the Women's Sports Foundation. In 2020 she received the American Horse Publications Equine Industry Vision Award for her positive impact across the horse industry.
In 2021 she received The Western Horseman & The Art of the Cowgirl's Women of the West Award. She is the host of the popular Podcast, THE BARBRA SCHULTE SHOW.
Schulte is the CEO of the Center for Equestrian Performance. She lives in Brenham, Texas with her husband, Tom, three horses, two dogs, and one kitty.
You’ll have LIFETIME ACCESS to the workshops and exercises on theCOW SMARTwebsite.
You can access the 21 video lessons and exercises, workshop recordings, note sheets, and downloads, using your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Your 21COW SMARTLessons:
Workshop #1: Lessons Available Now UNDERSTAND and RECOGNIZE
LESSON 1: Your Job as a Rider
LESSON 2: The Nature of Cattle
LESSON 3: How Arenas Impact Cow Behavior
LESSON 4: Identifying Common Breeds and Color
LESSON 5: “I Never Forget a Face”
LESSON 6: Body Lingo
LESSON 7: A Cow Watching System
Workshop #2: Lessons Available Now
READ and DIRECT
LESSON 8: Reading and Working a Cow: Hard and Soft Skills
LESSON 9: Defensive Postures in Cow Work
LESSON 10: Offensive Postures in Cow Work
LESSON 11: Control a Cow’s Direction and Movement
LESSON 12: Navigate Temperament and Responsiveness
LESSON 13: Master Rate and Travel
LESSON 14: One Cow vs. a Herd
Workshop #3: Lessons Available Now
FLOW and CONNECT
LESSON 15: The Rhythm of Flow of the Stop/Draw/Turn for the Horse
LESSON 16: The Rhythm and Flow of the Stop/Draw/Turn for the Rider
LESSON 17: How a Horse Connects with the Cow
LESSON 18: How the Rider Connects to the Cow
LESSON 19: Common Rider Mistakes and Tips to Improve
LESSON 20: Common Horse Mistakes and Tips to Improve
LESSON 21: Which Skills Can be Practiced Well on the Flag
BONUS LESSON 22: The Journey of Reading and Working Cattle and Next Steps to Keep Improving
"So much valuable, challenging, applicable information in this series. The breakdown you did in the "Rider connecting to the cow" when walking to the herd, entering the herd, assessing the flow, looking to the outside, getting the right angle on the flow/cow, stepping up, etc is genius. Can't wait to use that thought process in the pen." ~ Betty G
BONUS Workshop #4: Tuesday, Feb 15th 4:00 PM, Central
VIDEO REVIEW SESSION
We will spend this session reviewing members' own, personal videos. I will give feedback on how to improve your cow work. This is an opportunity for you to get direct tips from me and ask questions at the same time. You'll also learn from watching the video reviews of other members.
This will be one of the most impactful sessions of this Series.
NO WORRIES!If you are not 100% satisfied at any time for the next 30 days, we will refund your registration fee.
Registration for COW SMART ends
Thursday, Feb.10th, at midnight, Pacific.
Registration for the Online Workshop COW SMART Closes Friday, February 11 at midnight, Pacific. Join now for $197 $147