How to Tie a Mecate

A mecate (meh COT eh) is a rein made of a single length of rope, about 20–25 feet long, usually of twisted horsehair. Mecates are used on hackamores and snaffle bits. The bosal (bow SAL) is carried on the horse’s head by a headstall, sometimes called a bosal hanger or, more often, a hackamore. Once …

Training Stock Dogs: Bonus!

Bonus Article: Problem Solving and Trouble Shooting After receiving a number of questions from readers, we decided to do one last article on problem solving and trouble shooting. Although there are many more problems that can arise, these are a few of the questions I have been asked. My dog will get on the head …

Training Stock Dogs: Part Six

Part Six: Whistles & Commands Probably the most common question people ask me is, “How long does it take to train a dog?” Well, that depends on a few things. Who is doing the training? How much time is going into the training, and how often or consistent are the training sessions? Also, all dogs learn at a different rate. Just like kids, …

Training Stock Dogs: Part 5

Part 5: Teaching Your Dog to Drive About 25 years ago at a Stock Growers banquet, I heard cowboy poet and humourist, Baxter Black say; “Giving a Border Collie to a cowboy is like giving a 32-piece socket set to a cave man.” Everybody had a good laugh except for a few cowboys looking down …