GAME PLAN

with Kolton Sch­midt

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EARLY START

When I get to a rop­ing, I spend a lot of time on his back just get­ting him used to the fa­cil­ity and the arena to get past the nerves and get his mind back. I do a lot of slow, easy work in the box and try to keep his feet mov­ing. I never want to jam a young or green horse into the cor­ner, so I work to keep him soft, calm, and lis­ten­ing by get­ting on early.

CON­TROLLED EX­PEC­TA­TIONS

I don’t want to try to win go-rounds or go too fast on a green horse. I take a green horse for the sake of the horse, in­stead of to win the rop­ing. A big thing rid­ing a green horse is to be real with your sit­u­a­tion and keep your ex­pec­ta­tions re­al­is­tic, so you’re fair to your­self and your horse, so he can live up to their his po­ten­tial. I don’t want to ride a green horse on too fast or too slow cat­tle, with too long or too short of a bar­rier.

DROP IT

Al­ways let your rope go af­ter a run on a green head horse. I want my horse to breathe and think about what he just did, elim­i­nat­ing the chase-fac­tor of rac­ing to fol­low the steer out of the arena. That will help pre­vent the blow-up.

REEL­ING HIM IN

If your young horse gets on the muscle dur­ing the rop­ing, it’s good to get to the warm-up pen be­tween runs and keep his shoul­ders free and his front feet mov­ing, keep­ing him lis­ten­ing to me more. WHAT NOT TO DO

Pulling on his face, or set­ting him in the ground, will only cause more prob­lems. A horse gets stronger to the bri­dle and more ner­vous the more you pull on him. I put him into small cir­cles and re­lease him into those small cir­cles. I want him to work him­self and find his own way to calm down.

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