Slower is Faster

by Bob Kinford.

Slower is faster, but there are a few different things which work but hardly anyone talks about. I seldom put pressure on the “bubble” to turn an animal. This video isn’t the quality I’d like, but it gets the idea across.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysJP2EbetMo&feature=share&list=UUImgpuQ0dNBuFprnix2BbQg

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3 Responses to Slower is Faster

  1. Bob, I don’t know that “Slower is Faster” is the best description of what you’re trying to teach. Slower is not always faster. The fastest method is the method that works; that is called for at the time by the cattle being handled. Nine times out of ten, slower will be faster; but I’ve had a mounted individual mess up cattle handling in my pens because he insisted on going slower than the rest of the crew to teach us a lesson. In one particular case it was a wise, dry, athletic cow that did not want to be sorted off into a cull pen. Had this fellow gone at a moderate speed with the rest of us we would have corralled her quickly. But in his attempt to school us, he let the cow get past him twice until she got so sour two of us had to rope her and drag her into the pen. In our area the people who need to learn the basic concept that Slower is Faster are the guys on the four-wheelers and motorcycles. They need to first of all, get rid of the four-wheelers and motorcycles and get horseback. I guess my point is, it is very possible to go to slow. I’ve had wannabe buckaroo types show up having assumed I’m some ignorant, wild-chousin’ hick and they don’t even notice my cattle are quiet, calm and gentle. There attempts to “go slower” just kept work from getting done. So, not trying to pick at nits, but just wanted to pass on my take on the term. My apologies if I took this in a wrong direction as I am reacting just to the terminology, not the full body of the lesson.

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    • “…I am reacting just to the terminology, not the full body of the lesson.”

      John, I have learned the hard way over on the Low Stress Cattle Handling Group on Linked In, that “just reacting to the terminology, not the full body of the lesson” is a waste of time. It will get you called names and have your approach to ranching outright lied about.

      I’ll send this on to Bob and let him address it. I need to start remembering to include an email link at the bottom of the article so anyone with questions can go directly to the source. Must have forgot to do that this time. Senility is a terrible thing but better than the other alternative. lol

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    • bobkinford says:

      I understand what you are talking about John. Actually you have to work at the speed of cow. Down here people try speeding things up and wind up making the day last longer, not to mention having to repair the pens. I’ve day worked on some crews down here where they not only wind up roping cattle to get them into the pens, but even have to rope one or two to go from one pen to the next. Had one time things fell apart and I brought some cows back that had gotten way. Rather than letting me just bring them in, four of five guys (including the “manager” ) would come out swinging ropes so they could “make sure” they get to the pens.

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