I would imagene that any animal can be taught to pack weight. Wether its you or pack... It would be easier to start with a young one. Why do you want to ride a cow anyway?? They are sooo boney...kathy taylor said:Has anyone trained a Brown Swiss to be ridden? I am contimplating to do so. She is a sweetie. Would like to converse on the subject.
I would suggest a regular old snaffle, since a curb bit is something only a seasoned horse uses. Snaffles are more gentle, and the curb is meant to push up on the roof of the mouth and down on the tongue. If used too harshly you could proabbly hurt the cow. Snaffles apply some presure to the tongue but not as sever as the curb... Bigger the snaffle the less sever it is.. Also Im guessing youll be "Plow Reining" in which case a curb wouldnt work as good. .wr said:Logistically, it's quite possibe. I have a friend that used a Brahma bull for his main "saddle horse" for years, there's a Longhorn bull that's quite noted for manners under saddle. You might want to try www.longhornshowcase.com they have a great section on training cattle to ride, drive and a few other special ideas. I know that some guys use a bridle with a good old fashioned curb bit, others use halters and there is a new fangled nose bit that's being touted as the in thing now. Good luck and keep us posted. My kids have ridden an old Jersey cow we had for years but it was more of a sit on Eleanor and let her go where ever she wants.
Some have recommended bits...*don't*. Snaffles and others are for horses...not cattle. Horses have a space where there are no teeth...that isn't the case with *cattle*. Tie a pen in your mouth for a while and see how uncomfortable it gets. If you must adapt horse equipment use a bosal or hackamore. I know one person who has a Longhorn broke and even team pens with it - he uses a "bit" in the nose - Dickinson Ranch in Calhan CO is the place and the bull is huge. YES a Brown Swiss can be ridden. I'd been around several that could be sat on with no problem. I've had Charolais - when I was growing up - that I rode.kathy taylor said:Has anyone trained a Brown Swiss to be ridden? I am contimplating to do so. She is a sweetie. Would like to converse on the subject.
That was an amazing bull!! Probably on the average milk cow...no a nose bit wouldn't be an acceptable option. It'd depend on how much you needed it. With Zhivago...he was a *BIG* boy...it might have been a safety issue with him being in public and all. For around the farm...most I've seen can be controlled with a halter. After all, there's a great many oxen who work with *no* head control...just a stick to direct them. I'd think for occasional riding on a gentle animal a halter would be fine. From a structure standpoint I wouldn't use horse bits.wr said:JanH, it's funny you mentioned that, we were just watching a herd sire video from Dickinson Cattle Co the same night I posted on this thread and Zhivago was one of the featured bulls. I was so happy to see him featured because I owned one of his daughters for years and just loved her. She had the same temperament the old bull did. Sadly, he has passed now. I think the 'nose bits' make a lot of sense but I wondered how easy it would be to convince someone to peirce the nose of a milk cow.