Set Yourself Up for Success in this Popular Family Sport
We receive a lot of inquiries on the best way to get started in cowboy mounted shooting. Here are a few suggestions:
- Do seek advice from experienced shooters.
- Do attend a new shooters clinic, (or two or three) if at all possible. These clinics will set you and your horse up for success. Guns and holsters are typically provided.
- Do start quietly. Over the last half dozen years or so, we have started several young horses to gunfire by using kid’s cap guns. It’s an inexpensive introduction without the risk of over exposure.
- Don’t just go out and start shooting full loads around your horse. It is VERY easy to over expose a horse to gun fire. Once you do that, it can be very hard to bring them back.
As with most things, if you are going to do it, take your time, get good instruction, and do it well. To find a club visit www.cmsaevents.com and click on “Local Clubs.” WWMS holds practices every Sunday, weather permitting, 11am -3pm at 33319 Mann Rd., Sultan, WA. For practice info contact Jennifer Burnell, firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook. Club Website: www.WesternWashingtonMountedShooters.com
Aug. 15-16: Western Washington Mounted Shooters, CAP Farms, Sultan, WA
Aug. 22: Kittitas County Mounted Shooters, Series #4, Cle Elum, WA
Aug. 28-30: Guns N Grub, Oregon Mounted Shooters, Oregon City, OR
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