Cowboy Mounted Shooting

 

 Fall of 2010

Steven and I went up to Cathie's to try cowboy mounted shooting with my 16 year old Appy ( Caly) and his 6 year old mustang (Sage). We were pleased how Cathie took her time to protect the horse’s ears with ear plugs and prepare them for their adventure! While Sage was almost immediately comfortable in the surroundings, Caly was not. While Cathie worked with Steven and Sage with dry fire and weaving thru the balloon pattern, Caly and I worked on getting comfortable in the new surroundings. Cathie was sensitive to Caly's issues, and when the actual firing began, accommodated him in a nearby paddock where he could hear and see the action, but remain safe and at a controlled distance to get comfortable with the sudden sound of gunfire. I think that the 'every other round' of live fire did my App a world of good, and was a great decision on her part. While there was just a click at one target and a bang at the next, there was no apprehension on the horse's part and our turn shooting was fairly uneventful, once we got started! He may have even enjoyed himself! I like Cathie's sensible, calm approach to training of any sort. Her no nonsense approach coupled with understanding and the willingness to work through issues with not only the horse, but the rider are wonderfully effective. I fully believe that all the training in the world can't 'fix' a horse unless the handler is fixed and educated as well. Cathie is one of those trainers that will work with the horse and then the rider with the horse together for the best possible outcome. I wanna shoot again, but first I need to git me some guns! Cindy Mickle and Steven Drysdale Cape Cod

 



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Thanks so much for the wonderful Cowboy Mounted Shooting session with your horse Ruger. I practiced at home with my horse but had never shot live rounds until the session at your farm. Ruger was so great and did everything perfectly which allowed me to focus on my targets and your expert coaching. I had many great runs with Ruger and managed to hit most of my targets. Thanks so much for allowing me to learn this exciting sport on your fabulous horse Ruger. Diane C.

 


Cathie I can not express more appreciation of your talents with helping me train my newly acquired 5yr. old quarter horse/draft cross Violet. I have not owned a horse for many years and I became her owner somewhat unexpectedly. I ride with Dr. Cooks bitless bridle. My concerns were to have a well mannered animal. After meeting with you at our first lesson, I became convinced you were the person by which I could achieve my goals. In addition to this I was delightfully introduced to Cowboy Mounted Shooting and discovered that Violet and I could explore this hobby. This is so exciting for me. I am a Civil War reenactor (field musician), so Cowboy Mounted Shooting allows me to continue with my 19th century passion for history as well. Cathie, your are remarkable to watch interact with a horse. Your sense of reading the animal is truly a sight to experience. After observing the first few minutes of how you interacted with Violet, I trusted you immediately. You have a spirit as well as a keen sense of horsemanship. You work around a horse, rewarding appropriately, gaining respect in return. Thank you for all your time you have given Violet and I. Training with you makes owning a horse fun. Helen Cheney Grafton MA.

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Thank you Helen, Your horse is one of about six that I have started with the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. I think It was very helpful for you to come to my farm and take a lesson on Ruger. (Ruger and Helen are in the very short video link above) I'm so proud of Ruger being so quiet he is able to help new shooters when he had only been shot off of a hand full of times himself. Helen Violet was amazing, You are well on your way to becoming a team. :) Cathie

 

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