Horseback Field Trials
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Posted by paul garrett on 10/22/2014, 4:08 pm
Referring back to Earl (George?) Crangles Book, where he talks about the "MExico Method". Could just as well be called the Montana method, or whatever. Just hunt dogs enough, shoot them a few birds, and if they are any count, sooner or later they will begin to point birds. I proved that to myself this summer (again) when dogs that had been slow to come around started pointing birds after steady hunting and shooting them a few birds. Of course no trainer can wait till a dog is four or five years old and let him come around on his own, but sometimes it is the best way, if you have enough wild birds to work with and time enough to let it happen. I had five dogs point birds yesterday, two of which had not pointed wild birds before although they are of advanced age. They got a chance to put their mouths on a bird, and came around quickly. One little dog backed for the first time, and he has gotten over his tendency to flag (I think). All in all, a successful trip, in spite of my late start and slow progress, and my horses being knot headed due to lack of use after my fall and stent this summer.