Working Cow Horse

Combines reining ability and cow sense. This event tests the American Quarter Horse’s skills that are applicable to ranch work. The competition consists of two parts: prescribed reined work and actual cow work. Judging is based on good manners, smoothness, cow sense and ease of reining. During the cow working phase of the exhibitor's run, one cow is turned into the arena. The horse is required to hold the cow on the end of the arena, make at least one turn each direction along the fence, and circle the cow both directions.


March 19, 2020 | News and Publications , Ranching
How does one go about reading cattle and why is it even important? Boyd Rice and T.J. Roberts share their cow work and cutting tips.
October 29, 2019 | News and Publications , Ranching
Legendary trainer Don Murphy shares advice on training cow horses.
August 27, 2019 | News and Publications , Ranching
Introduce, fit and use a hackamore, or bosal, on your horse, with advice from AQHA Professional Horsemen Carol and Steve Metcalf.
July 19, 2019 | Ranching , Ranching
This drill improves your horse’s athleticism in rein work and while working a cow.
October 16, 2018 | Showing , Performance Horse Journal
In Part 1 of this series, learn the history behind reined cow horse competition and begin to understand its three parts.