Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Southern California
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There are no stupid questions, no worries. I'm going to number your questions and do them in the order you wrote them.
1) Cutting is really anytime you "cut" or basically separate a cow from it's herd.
2)As for penning it could be rounding up cattle and putting them in a pen OR the game called team penning in which three riders work as a team to cut cattle with a specific number on them out of a heard and put them in a pen on the opposite side of the arena as fast as possible.
3)yes! There are still real cowboys out there who own cattle that need to be rounded up. Many people learn for fun and don't show as well.
4) there are Manu differences. Western saddles have a horn on the front that stands straight up, this was added so a rancher could attach a rope. Outside of ranch work it's there out of tradition.
5) in the states traditionally the "stock" breeds are used, like quarter horses and paints. I've seen Arabs show interest in cow work however so it's more of a personality and athletic thing. To me, as long as the horse is fast enough to keep up and enjoys it, you could probably use most breeds.
6)Other western disciplines are gymkhana (games), reining, working cow horse, western pleasure and rodeo type events.
7) This, like any discipline varies. I will say though that a horse needs "cow sense" to really stick with the sport. This means the horse really has an affinity for following the cow and isn't afraid.
That's all semi general because I'm on a phone but of you need more detail, ask away!
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