Tuffy is a young cow dog in training. We use him to train horses while Tuff is being trained. The pup learns to stay near the rider until needed to move livestock out of the brush. As he runs back and forth under the horse, Tuff learns to watch out for hooves and the young horse learns not to get excited about small white streaks running under him.
Tuff helps in other ways train the horses. Sometimes he wanders farther than he should and comes flying from out of the brush. Surprise! The horses learn small white explosions are just part of the routine. The important part is you can never predict when it is going to happen so you can’t plan for it.
Tuff is still learning and sometimes pushes the livestock towards the horse. Smaller stock will run right under the horse with Tuff right behind. It’s good training for the horses and one more way we work our horses.
The simultaneous training that takes place is invaluable!