WHAT IS RANCH BOXING

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In the ARHA Rulebook, ranch boxing is for Amateur and Youth exhibitors that have not earned any Working Cow Horse/Working Ranch Horse points in any association. This class was developed for amateur and youth riders as an entry level class to create the skills necessary for advancement to compete in the Working Cow Horse class.

This class has been designed to demonstrate and measure a horse’s ability to do cow work. After completing the reining pattern (Ranch Reining Pattern #3) the rider will call for a cow. Upon receiving a cow in the arena, the contestant shall hold that cow on the prescribed end of the arena for one minute to demonstrate the ability of the horse to control a cow at that end.

What this means: The arena is set up just as any other, a large rectangle. The cattle will be kept on the end, on one of the short walls. When you nod your head to call for your cow after the rein work, the cow will be released into the arena through a gate on this short wall. Time starts when the gate closes. Your job is to keep that cow contained along that short wall, mirroring the cow's moves. You do not have to be a set distance from the cow. The closer you are, the faster it will move. This may up your degree of difficulty, but may also result in the loss of the cow from the end of the arena. If the cow gets away from that short wall and either goes past you, or down the fence (long wall of the arena), it is a penalty. If this happens, quietly go get your cow and drive it back down to the short wall where you started. Faster is not always better and chasing the cow will result in a penalty for being out of control. You are better off swinging out wide, quietly loping down and driving the cow back.

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