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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 14.2 hh, Palomino Lot 28 Awesome Okie Dun It 2018 AQHA Gelding
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Cowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Reining - Western
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US-69361
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 15 hh, Gray Lot 27 Real Hot Cash 2018 AQHA Gelding
F: LETS PLAY GUNS | MF: ER HOT CHEX
Cowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western
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Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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American Quarter Horse, Mare, 1 year, Roan-Blue HVR BLUE ASPEN 2021 AQHA Blue Roan MareCowhorse - Western allround - Cutting - Western
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US-43824
Fresno, OH
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Quarter Pony, Gelding, 5 years, 13.3 hh, Sorrel ✨ Freckles 5 yr. old 13.3hh Quarter Pony Sorrel rabicano GeldingCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western
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US-61951
Sullivan, IL
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 15 hh, Gray Lot 27 Real Hot Cash 2018 AQHA Gelding
F: LETS PLAY GUNS | MF: ER HOT CHEX
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US-69361
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, 14.2 hh, Palomino Lot 28 Awesome Okie Dun It 2018 AQHA Gelding
F: STINGS NEXT DUN IT | MF: AWESOME COUGARAND
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US-69361
Scottsbluff, Nebraska
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American Quarter Horse, Mare, 1 year, Roan-Blue HVR BLUE ASPEN 2021 AQHA Blue Roan MareCowhorse - Western allround - Cutting - Western
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US-43824
Fresno, OH
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American Quarter Horse Mix, Gelding, 6 years, 14.3 hh, Dun DORITO 2016 Quarter Horse Dun GeldingCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western
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US-44618
Dalton, OH
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Quarter Pony Mix, Stallion, 15 years, 16 hh, Brown Lovely horseCowhorse - Breeding
US-59840
Montana, Hamilton
price range ~$10,437 to $15,655
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American Quarter Horse, Mare, 3 years, 14 hh, Champagne 2019 AQHA Started Amber Cream Dun Champagne Filly
F: DUNIT IN CHAMPAGNE | MF: ONE IMPRESSIVE BEAU
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US-74960
Stilwell, Oklahoma
$8,000 Negotiable
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 20 years, 15.1 hh, Black EXCELLENT RANCH HORSE!!!
F: SEVEN S KEOTA | MF: BLACK CHICK GOLD
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US-75105
Chatfield, TX
$5,000
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 4 years, Buckskin O My Look What We Have Here! a Beautiful 5 Yr Old Buckskin GeldinCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western Pleasure
US-76120
Fort Worth
$4,700
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 15 hh, Palomino 12 Yr Old AQHA Palomino Gelding...With Beautiful Color and So MucCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western Pleasure
US-80209
Denver
$4,600
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 12 years, 15 hh, Roan-Blue Finished Blue Roan Ranch Horse, Very Broke and SeasonedCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western Pleasure
US-98112
Seattle
$4,500
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 5 years, 15.2 hh, Roan-Blue Ice Man- 6 Yr Old Quarter Horse GeldingCowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Trail - Western Pleasure
US-97216
Portland
$4,700
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Gypsy Horse, Gelding, 10 years Gypsy VannerCowhorse - English Pleasure - Western Pleasure - Driving
US-95240
Lodi
$5,000
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American Quarter Horse, Gelding, 3 years, 14 hh, Red Dun There’s a lot of “Cow” in this Boy!
F: NW FLAMING O TOOLE | MF: OTOES SUPERSTAR BAR
Cowhorse - Versatility Ranch Horse - Cutting - Western
US-78101
San Antonio,TX
$9,000 Negotiable
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Arabian Berber, Mare, 8 years, 16 hh, Gray Cowhorse - Leisure
DE-40080
Kirsehir
€10,000
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American Saddlebred, Mare, 5 years Handsome mare with excellent basic gaitsCowhorse - Dressage
CA-T5T54
Edmonton
$6,000 Negotiable
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American Quarter Horse, Mare, 1 year, 14.2 hh, Champagne
F: RUGGED IN GOLD | MF: QUIXOTE MAC
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DE-78606
Seitingen-Oberflacht
€5,000 to €10,000
price range ~$5,218 to $10,437
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Paint Horse, Mare, Foal (01/2022), Chestnut filly
F: SIMPLY RED MP | MF: SILVER CANADAS
Cowhorse - Trail - Reining - Show
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ljubljana
€3,200
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Paint Horse, Mare, 3 years, 15 hh, Tobiano-all-colors Solid, stocky and smart coming four year old Apha mare
F: BD HIGH CLASS BUISNESS | MF: DOLLS DOCSAN
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CA-T0H 1B0
Fort st john British Columbia
$3,500 Negotiable
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The working cowhorse category is one of the most interesting of the Western riding disciplines since it tests both the practical skills of horse and rider and their ability to ride a show performance of a high standard. This is also known as the reined cowhorse class and competitors can be judged in three areas: The performance of a precise reining pattern, herd work, and individual cow work. The competition originated in the traditions of Californian cattle management, which was greatly influenced by Spanish (Vaquero) equestrian culture. Working cowhorse events are a showcase for genuine cowboy heritage. They prove that properly performed, Western riding and cattle work require grace, intelligence and skill, and the horses are elite performers.

Characteristics of the Working Cowhorse

It takes time and commitment to produce a working cowhorse. The original Spanish tradition was, in effect, a horsemanship programme that took years to complete. During the training, the young horse advanced from working in the bitless bridle, known as a bosal, to responding to the lightest of touches on the reins while wearing a spade bit. The horses the vaqueros worked with were bred for the job, often over many generations, meaning they developed the innate “cow sense” that is still vital for competition work today. They were compact and intelligent horses, capable of turning on a coin and shifting between the different gaits instantly and effortlessly. Short strong cannon bones, pasterns that were not too long, and muscular, but not too heavy, quarters were – and are – required in working cow horses.

Working Cowhorses: The Best Breeds for this Discipline

Cow sense and agility count more than breed in the working cow horse competition, but certain breeds are far more likely to succeed, as they have been developed for this work. These include the American Quarter Horse, the Appaloosa, and the American Paint Horse. Spanish, Portuguese and other Baroque breeds are highly successful, too. The Iberian breeds; the PRE, the Andalusian and the Lusitano, have been working cowhorses for centuries, and although breeds such as the Italian Murgese are less well-known, they are also part of European “cowboy” traditions. South American breeds, such as the Criollo, are also specialist cowhorses. Working cowhorses participate in popular events at some Arabian horse shows.

Working Cowhorses in Equestrianism

In the days when horses were a vital part of cattle management in the USA, it took seven or more years to create a “finished” cowhorse. Horses became so responsive as a result of this training that they were said to react to a whisper or a "hair-trigger"; in other words, they could feel and react to the equivalent of the weight of a single hair on the reins. While not literally true, this is a very good analogy for the speed of the response that the horse developed when it felt the lightest touch from the rider’s single hand on the reins. As technological changes reduced the need for horses for this work, enthusiasts decided to keep the traditions alive by creating events dedicated to reined cowhorses. In modern competitions, horse and rider participate in two sessions, the first one being the “dry work”, which involves performing a set reining pattern. The second session is the cow work and there are two parts to this. First of all, a single cow is sent into the arena and the horse must hold the cow – prevent it from moving – at one end. This is called “boxing the cow”. Then the horse and rider run the cow along the rail of the arena and turn it back, but without the aid of the fence. This part is known as “fencing”. Then the horse will bring the cow into the centre of the ring, making it circle tightly both clockwise and anticlockwise (“circling the cow”). Some competitions also include herd work, which involves cutting a single cow from a herd and preventing its return to the others. From this, it can be seen that a working cow horse demands a high level of commitment to succeed. It’s certainly challenging, but also very rewarding!

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