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Alternative "jobs" for cutting horses?

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        06-14-2013, 02:28 PM
      #11
    Foal
    There are many things you could do....reining, playdays-poles(my cutting mare runs 23s without even practicing more than a couple of runs the week before a playday -- the quickness of a cutter makes running poles fairly easy if you start them slow and let them take to it on their own. The other play day events usually set up pretty good for a cutting horse -- most require a good turn and use of the hind end...I don't run her on barrels though....I usually just lope through whatever the event is and end up in 2nd or 3rd...pretty fun and the horses love it.
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        06-14-2013, 02:39 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Thanks for the suggestion ropinbiker! If I do take a break from cutting, I definitely don't want to do any other cow competitions like penning that could mess him up for cutting in the future...and I don't want to show in anything else (the competition aspect of it makes me too nervous and sort of takes the fun out of it), but playdays sound like they would be fun and more laid back. I am also signed up to do a cow working clinic with him in October on a ranch here in Washington, so that should be a ton of fun, and will help us pick up some tips for cutting as well. :)
         
        06-14-2013, 02:45 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    What about just flat/rail classes? I just took "my" mare to a local show. We did showmanship, horsemanship, command, trail, and pleasure. I could of also done in hand trail and green reining but I was sharing my horse. It was tons of fun!!

    Another option would be to lease him out to someone who would want to take him higher. Do you have a friend or trainer who may know someone? Although it may cut back your riding time it could help offset the cost of ownership, allow him to keep working on what he is good at and give someone else an opportunity they might not have had.
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        06-14-2013, 02:48 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I don't know if those classes would be as exciting for me. Lol..Cutting is a very fast paced, adrenaline rush sport, and I love it. I'm looking for something else that's a little fast paced and can use his athleticism to its potential. And I want to keep him all to myself! Haha...At this time, I can afford to keep him to ride myself just fine...he is my main horse, and I make time to ride him 3-4 days a week. I wouldn't be comfortable letting someone else show him in cutting at this time.. (I'm a little attached to him as well...)
         
        06-14-2013, 05:06 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    What about some of the ranch horse stuff. Not the cow work but the ranch trail, ranch reining , type stuff. Maybe even the ranch roping. It isn't the charging ahead style of roping like rodeo. It's a slower more mythodical type of roping.
         
        06-14-2013, 06:41 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    I have been wanting to learn how to rope! I've done it a lil on the ground, but never from a horse. My horse is a little spooked at ropes/flags/etc.. so maybe that will be our next project :)
         
        06-14-2013, 07:00 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Sounds like a good project. I'm all about versatility in a horse. I however do not show. I like to find a weak link in the chain( horse) and strengthen it.
         
        06-14-2013, 07:05 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Yeah I gotcha...I am finding that showing actually takes a little bit of the fun out of it for me. I grew up trail riding and although I love cutting, the nerves I get at a show, and the money I have to shell out do do it, just take a little bit of the fun out of it. I am way more happy working cows at the feedlot during practice than I am at a show. I love doing different types of clinics with good trainers and improving mine and my horse's skills.
         

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