Animals should not be forced to do what they are not ready to do.

When cattle are not ready to go through a chute or load on a trailer, the natural response of conventional handling is to use fear and force. By using the foundations of working with animals and preparing animals, we are able to make our idea their idea. Remember that this does not translate to “We let our livestock do what they want.” Rather “We tell our livestock what to do through proper technique, then—and only then—we can let them do what has become their idea.”

A quick review of misconceptions of LSLH reminds us that;

Bud told us to “tell your animals what you want them to do and mean it. Don’t tell them to do something, let them do something else, go stop them and fight them all day. Never let them decide what to do.”

In LSLH we need to remember we are a “benevolent dictator” as Bud said. Working cattle is not a democratic process, nor are decisions made by committee. Bud always told his animals what to do. The handler sets things up correctly, tells the cattle what to do by applying the proper pressure at the proper angle, then lets them do what they have been told to do.

Again, the key here is setting things up in a way that our livestock can understand and then properly communicating with proper pressure and angle.