Originally Posted by arrowsaway
I know next to nothing about cutting, so excuse this possibly dumb question.
How much of this is the rider and how much is the horse's instinct? It seems this appy is very adept at judging the body language of the buffalo, and acting accordingly. Kind of amazing.
The appy is trained pretty well but he's a really jumpy and jerky ride..The rider is supposed to keep his hands down through out the ride, especially while showing/cutting. The can only back off the calf when the calf faces away and is "done".. All of the cues are in the seat and the legs, very subtle cues..You want the horse to mirror image the calf with as little from the rider as possible, and smooth movements..
Originally Posted by FlyGap
GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE!!!!!!! He's awesome!
What fun would that be? Wonder if they're harder to cut than cows? Probably.
A lot of trainers/riders use buffalo because they don't get burned out on it like a cow will. A calf will get tired of it and just stand there where as a buffalo will keep going, and I hate to say it's stupid but it just does the same thing over and over again.
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
What a good looking Appy! I'd have him in my barn.
Riding a cutting horse is something everyone should try once just to do it. My grandfather had a money earning son of Poco Pine when I was growing up. I got to play with him on the flag & goats a handful of times (was too young/little at that point for cattle - I was probably 7 or 8) and those are some of my favorite riding memories. Nothing quite as fun as sitting a good cutting horse.
You are sooo right, I would consider giving up barrels for cutting but there's just no demand for cutting horses, sorters, and penners here.. I love it though. Makes me drool..Absolutely my favorite bloodlines also..