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Darrell Bereuter

Rope 'n Tie Ranch
8633 Byrnesville Road, Cedar Hill, MO 63016
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  AQHA Dashing Strader ('Strader') 2010 Driving and first two rides  
'Strader' a 2008 Dash Ta Fame son. He's destined for barrel horse competition. Strader is owned by Roy Quinn, long time friend/client of Darrell's. Roy has the distinction of having bred and shown APHA World Champion Halter Stallion Night Train. He and Darrell have been sharing their horse wisdom for decades. Home







Following yearling exercises, Strader  returns to Darrell as a two year old. Now the real work begins. Before mounting, Darrell drives Strader with his rope horse, Marshmallow. Strader has been driven from the ground on the long lines prior to this, but now it’s time to work on some more advanced maneuvers. Watch Darrell, from horseback, steer Strader through circles in both directions and at all gaits.

Everything starts slowly, in a relaxed, stress free fashion. No whips or devices other than the normal communication with the reins. Darrell regularly asks Strader to ‘Stop’. Note that the ‘Whoa’ is more than simply a device to tell the horse to cease forward movement and back up. It is a pause for reflection. Watch Strader’s mouth as he licks and chews, incorporating his new training into his accumulated learning. It is visible proof of his acceptance. In the last portion of the driving exercise, Darrell takes Strader to the wall and does several turns and reverses along the wall. When it’s time to mount, Darrell does so from both sides. Horses leaving training at the Rope ‘n Tie, don’t have the concept of ‘right’ side ‘wrong side’. They are accustomed to thinking that any activity can happen from either side. Mounted, Darrell eases Strader over to the wall and asks him to repeat the turns and reverses which he just did on the driving lines. Then gradually, the exercise expands into the larger open area of the arena. This video shows the first two times Darrell has ridden Strader. In the first, a cold day, Darrell’s black hood is pulled up. In the second, you’ll see Darrell’s blue hat. Note that throughout, there is a responsive attitude from the horse and a gentle, reassuring touch from the trainer. No snatching, grabbing or spurs. No Drama.

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