Robo Cow

Today, Pie and Beebe had a spring break adventure! We were invited by a friend of ours to go out to a local barn that trains cutting horses and introduce them to the “Pro Cutter”..aka Mechanical Cow..aka “Robo Cow”. 🙂

A mechanical cow is a training tool used by cutting and cowhorse trainers. It is a large stuffed cow, on a pulley system of sorts, that  is controled thru a handheld controler. the stuffed cow moves back and forth based on the buttons pushed on the controler. The benefits of working a horse on the pro cutter is that you can work on specific issues the horse may be having, as you control the “cow”..(something you cannot do with a real cow!) sometimes, the stuffed cow is replaced with a “Flag” (a piece of material) too.

the Pro Cutter Website

After the intial shock both Pie and Beebe had over seeing that stuffed cow ZING back and forth, both ponies gradually settled..Beebe was the bravest and thus earned a gold star today. Casey rode her very well..keeping her nose tilted abit into the pro cutter in proper form

Pie put in some good turns for me..watched the cow well (probably making sure it didnt try to eat her!)..it was a great experience for her…she put in a really nice stop at the end too..

It was definantly a unique experience for all of us and will greatly help in the ponies’ training for cattle events. Its always a great day when progress is made!

 

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vickie
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 03:29:42

    Pie knows what she is doing, you never know when a robotic cow will develop a taste for Chincoteague ponies!

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  2. Kathy DeMars
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 04:26:18

    You all did a great job!! And had lots of fun!! Looking forward to the next “practice” These pictures turned out really good too!!

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  3. Michelle
    Mar 16, 2012 @ 21:36:37

    Checked out the robo cow site with demo clip. I would have had the same look as Pie:) Looks like a great training tool. Glad the ponies got through it.
    Great pics, love the one of Casey and Bebe

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