COTTAGEVILLE — Most of the horses balk at one obstacle or another — the drop to the water, the steep scramble up the log steps, the teeter-totter platform.

Or the steely ferocity in the eyes of Dusty, the American saddlebred who will take on the eventual champ.

“He’ll climb a tree if I ask him to,” says owner David Stanfield.

No, Ma’am, the Horseshoe Lake Extreme Cowboy Competition isn’t your usual rodeo.

It’s a timed obstacle course race through woods, field and lake with pits, hills, jumps, swims, log pulls and gates. It finishes with a flourish, target bow-shooting from the horse.

Read more in tomorrow’s The Post and Courier.

Science and environment reporter. Author of Washing Our Hands in the Clouds.