Horses are so incredible. They have a sensitivity and intelligence that they're not often credited for. Most commonly American Quarter Horses, these roping ponies are trained well - but it's their intuition that makes them really good at what they do. Before the steer is released, the cowboy (or cowgirl) backs the horse against a horizontal pole. The horses anticipate the release of the steer and dance a little in the box building up energy to bolt the moment they're told to. Their ears are almost constantly turned toward their rider as they run down the arena- listening for cues... although the riders hardly need to give commands. The horses know. The header horse will instinctively turn left when he feels the rope pull taut on the saddle horn. The heeler horse will follow the steer and will stop short, and gently dance backward once the hind legs are caught.
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