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      Ranchers Show Importance of Horses for Cattle Producers

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      In the age of mechanics and technology on the farm, some ranchers say skilled horsemanship is still one of the most essential tools in the cattle industry.

      Day two of the Cattlemen's Classic started off with the working cow horse competition.

      Ranchers show perspective buyers various techniques like how well the horse handles to the rider, how cattle savvy it is and its reaction to commands.

      Participants say shows like this are a great reminder of how valuable horses can be.

      "You know, there's still people out there saddling horses, going out and doing their work, taking care of their cattle, doing things," said Ansley farmer Wes Roberts. "Sometimes, the old ways are the best ways."

      The Cattlemen's Classic continues Monday through February 23rd, with cattle as the main focus for the rest of the week.

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