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Cutting Horses

Your Guide To Types of Cutting Horses

Cutting horses are often referred to as quarter horses. However, Morgans, Paints, Appaloosas and Arabians can also be cutting horses. Cutting horses are usually smaller horses. Successful cutters are usually about 15.1 hands.

Cutting Horse

Cutting Horse

Canadian Cutting Horses

There are several types of cutting horses and these include Canadian cutting horses. The Canadian cutting horse has some similarities in appearance and temperament with the American quarter horse. They have been bred to be athletic, speedy, composed, eager and clever. Both horse’s heads are well-balanced and have gentle and bright eyes. Their ears are attentive, and their necks are curved and sit well on the shoulders. The chest is wide and deep. The back is even and the quarters strong and brawny. The legs are stout but powerful, tendons tough and feet outstanding. These horses are about 15.2 to 16.1 hands high.

The Quarter Horse

The quarter horse is deemed as the most popular of all cutting horses. It is a full sized horse and is termed for its capacity to dash a quarter of a mile quicker than any other horse worldwide. It is also recognized for its brawny build, well balanced temperament and athletic capability and adaptability.

The American Quarter Horse

The American quarter horse derives from the Turk, Arab and Barb breeds that were transported to North America by Spanish voyagers and merchants. The real start of the breed was in 1611, when a first-rate set of stallions from Spanish breeds where transported to England. The ensuing combination developed a new kind of horse that was very muscular and able to sprint short distances quicker than any formerly recognized breed.

Over selecting for certain traits such as performance, speed or cutting ability in Thoroughbreds can have undesirable effects on other traits. The lean and fine boned conformation of a number of racehorses may be unintentionally associated with an exceedingly reactive nervous system and fretful disposition. Over selecting may also have an effect on mothering capability. Cutting horses that display obvious faults are likely to be the result of dangerous levels of inbreeding. While all purebreds are inbred to an extent, many are inbred to a point that it compromises the welfare of the breed.

Misconceptions About Cutting Horses

First of all, cow horses aren’t necessarily cutting horses Just because a horse chases a goat or dog around in the backyard doesn’t mean it is a potential cutting horse. Cutting horses need to work well with their rider, and horses that chase animals around or engage in play don’t always have a rider with them. Next, riding a colt and guiding and grouping cattle will not necessarily be enough for competitive cutting. Whether a horse is fearful of cattle or not does not determine its future as a great cutter. It takes individual training to train a horse to become a good cutter.

Another misconception is that foundation bred horses could make them future champion cutters. The truth is, old foundation horses were actually cow ponies. While these horses could cut cows, they may not be able to keep up with modern day cutting competitions. Finally, having an “expert” train a horse and expecting it to automatically become a good cutter in just a few months is unrealistic, unless if you are struck with luck. It often requires a minimum or 18 months of training for most to become good cutting horses.

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