TRUST AND UNITY IN CUTTING

In a cutting-horse contest you ride on a loose rein among a herd of cattle. Then when you get a cow separated from its herd, you release the rein, yet you don't lose the connection with your horse. The cow is bent on returning to the herd and thinks the horse holds the key. It will duck and dodge in front of the horse, looking for a hole.

Good cutting horses draw on inner resources when driving and working cattle. They "read" cattle, or are "cow smart." Cow sense is probably linked to the horse's primal herding instincts—to intelligence and natural curiosity. At the same time, you need to be in tune with the cow so that, as your horse begins to work it, the horse will not feel tension, rigidity, or resistance through the saddle and in the reins and bridle.

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