By Kristie Price Thorstenson
This sport has stayed with me throughout my life and will continue too. I started tying goats when I was 6 or 7 years old. You can start learning the tie first and then start flanking--you should find a small goat so they don't get discouraged. Build confidence in everything you do; keeping it fun. When I first started, I quizzed older girls and then I would go home to practice and add to what they told me, putting in countless hours. I eventually developed my own style. If you can get help or know someone in your area that ties, pick their brain, or even pay for some help because that will make the process move faster. You don't have to use everything they tell you but always listen and then use what works for you. You don't have to practice long, just have a plan when you practice; practice on what you set out to do. For instance, you might work on flanking or just tying.
The horse is the most important part of the run; they can make you or break you. It doesn't matter what kind of horse you use as long as he fits you, but it is important to have him trained. The horse sets up your whole run and you need the horse to work for you. A good horse will have no duck and he will bring the goat to you. This is probably the one area that people don't spend enough time with and it is the most important. Read more...
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