Cutting horse should control the cow
Cutting horse history
Back in the day, cowboys and cowgirls used cutting horses to chase cattle. The role of a good cutting horse was to separate a particular cow from the herd to brand, vaccinate or check for health issues. Today, this equestrian sport is one of the world’s fastest growing equine sports in North America. It is also an expensive sport because these cutting horses are world-class athletes. Watch a cutting horse futurity and you’ll know what I’m talking about.
What makes a good cutting horse?
Cutting horses should be aggressive & control the cow
Cutting horses should have good conformation
Cutting horses should be fluid movers with good slides, spins and stops
Cutting horses should be willing
A good rider helps a good cutting horse perform
Have you ridden a cutting horse? Stayed tuned for my Cowboy College experience in Scottsdale, Arizona. Share your tips on what makes a good cutting horse.
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