An advanced course in the principles and fundamentals of finishing and riding the versatile ranch horse; instruction will focus on the use of the horse to assist in the management of cattle as commonly utilized for both ranch work and cowhorse competitions. Topics will include reading cattle, roping, handling cattle on the end of the rope, sorting and control of an individual cow. Course will also include techniques for tuning and elevating the performance of finished horses in the area of cow work.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate industry recognized training methods for finishing horses in the area of cow work
  • Exhibit the ability to rope live cattle and properly handle cattle in a manner which is safe for both horse and rider
  • Summarize the fundamentals to be employed when reading cattle for handling purposes
  • Show the ability to handle and manipulate the movement of an individual cow
  • Identify and appraise the characteristics of individual horses and their abilities when performing cow work
  • Demonstrate progressive ability in completing a competitive cow horse pattern

Grade Basis: L
Credit Hours: 3
Lecture hours: 32.0
Lab hours: 48.0


  • Must have instructor approved personal horse to be in this course. NCTC School Horse is not provided.