It’s an exciting journey for the young cutting horse.
The more days under saddle, the better a horse understands his job and the more confident and connected to the cow he will be. Three year-olds travel along with show horses to weekend shows to accustom them to life on the road. Their show career begins in the fall of the 3-year-old year when they will show in Futurity classes at the Limited Age Events. Most of them learn to love this job we call cow cutting.
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Horse Training and communicating with a horse is an art that requires many hours of patient repetition. Horses have distinct differences in the way they think, in their conformation and way of moving.
Training a Cutting Horse is teaching the horse to stop and turn efficiently to control a cow. The horse and rider must learn to “read” or understand a cow and what it is likely to do when separated from its herd mates. When cattle get scared and move quickly, horses need to be smarter, faster and quicker.
Showing a Cutting Horse successfully is a team effort involving the competitor, horse, trainer and the herd help. The trainer is there to talk about strategy, guide the rider through the run and help with cattle selection. Working together, we all have fun!
Trainer Nina Lundgren, a 2017 NCHA Members Hall of Fame Inductee, has NCHA lifetime cutting earnings over $450,000. She trains and shows weekend and Limited Age Event horses. She loves coaching cutting, has patience with students and an ability to help horses and riders become the best they can be.
At Bonina, it’s a la carte… “according to a menu that prices each item separately”
Our services are billed according to what we do:
- Board ~ stall & run ~ includes Oxy-Equine ~$12/day
- Board ~ pen ~ includes Oxy-Equine ~ $8/day
- Shavings ~ $6/bag
- O’Sweet Gold Supplementation (10,000 mg Glucosamine & 10,000 mg MSM/day) ~ $1/day
- Cutting Training ~ $30/ride
- Exercise/trotting & loping ~ $15/ride
- Lessons ~ $50 each
- Horse Hauling to & from Shows or Vet ~ $.35/mile
You’re welcome to come by, check us out and join “TEAM BONINA”!
WHEN DO WE WORK?
Between weekends, a regular work schedule is kept:
MONDAY is “flag day”. Horses in training with Nina get tuned on the flag. Clients may bring
their horses that day for a lesson on the flag.
TUESDAY – FRIDAY horses are worked on cattle. Lessons every day.
WEEKENDS – there are shows or events most weekends from February – October. Lessons may be held on weekends throughout the year if there is no other activity scheduled at the Event Center.