Brad Lund gives instructions on how to start training a horse to heel.
Itís very important for your heel horse to learn to follow. Heís got to have confidence about where his spot is. I might rein him to the left, come back to the right, turn him loose and let him find that spot on his own. For me, that is to the inside of the cow where you can see both feet and both horns.
When my horse learns to get locked onto the dummy, I steer the horse away from it and then come back to the cow. I let him find that spot.
As the horse is more comfortable with the dummy, I move him out to the right and get his nose even with the steer. I want him to start reading that cow. I want to control his shoulders so he doesnít drop his shoulders coming around the corner. Try to keep everything straight, all the way through.
When I think he is comfortable and ready, I pick up my rope, catch and stop.
Horses that learn to head and heel on the ground-driven roping dummy usually are pretty good by the time you introduce them to the cow.
But when you do introduce them to the cow, try to avoid one that is real fresh. When you take hold of the steer, it will go wild, and that kind of spooks the horse. Itís best to first rope on steers that are broken in.
Remember, you want to make this a fun thing for the horse and not something that is stressful mentally.