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Mechanical Horse And Calf Help Train For Rodeo
A mechanical cutting horse and calf lets rodeo competitors train without tiring a horse or having to keep livestock. It also makes a fantastic attraction at fairs or horse events.
  Lannie Ashley, a former rodeo cowboy, designed the system to simulate the cutting experience. Riders set the speed for their skill level and use leg pressure to move the horse along a 60-ft. track. The calf moves parallel with the horse.
  “There are sensors on it so you can ride it like a real cutting horse,” Ashley says, adding that his experience gives him an edge on creating a realistic mechanical horse.
  He built his first mechanical calf about 15 years ago. It includes variable speed for a rider to practice with a cutting horse. It helped serious professionals train their horses without the expense of keeping cows.
  In 2009, he introduced a prototype of the horse and refined it a couple of years ago when he paired it with the calf so the horse and calf run alongside each other on the training track.
  It’s perfect for serious competitors, says the Marshall, Texas entrepreneur.
  “Cutting horses tire in 2 1/2 minutes so it’s difficult to get enough practice,” he says. With his mechanical setup and longer practice sessions, a cutter can get good in a few weeks.
  Pricing starts at $20,000.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Lannie Ashley, 1012 Stonewall Dr., Marshall, Texas 75672 (ph 903 926-7712; www.lannieashley.com).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #1