Training a cutting horse to do western horsemanship
Hi all! I am new here. My parents have a mare that they were intending on using as a broodmare but it didn't really work out so I've taken her under my wing and I would like to do the pattern classes with her (western horsemanship, showmanship, trail, western riding). She is cutting horse bred. She is by Peptotime and out of a Smart Little Lena mare. She is really well bred and naturally athletic. She is incredibly smart and willing. She really likes having a "job". How likely is it that she will succeed in the performance, pattern classes? Are there any tips you could give me for training her, etc.? I am in NO rush to show her and just really want to take it slow. Thanks so much for all of your help and advice!!:-)
Even though she has cutting bloodlines, I don't see why she couldn't be good at pattern classes! If you are not planning on returning her to cutting in the future (it would probably be a good way to ruin her as a cutter)..It may be a great way to give her a job and give her something to focus on. You should be able to tell once you get started in it whether she enjoys it or dislikes it.
I show my cutter, and I still enjoy doing a little trail riding with him in the off season.. It is a great way to desensitize them a little, and branch out of the same routine.
She should do great. Your biggest challenge is to get her more relaxed and 'slow footed'. Cutters, especially trained cutters, are naturally quick footed and have to be taught to move easier and slower. I liked training them because they are so responsive and sensitive.
I do not know if you are looking at local showing or big AQHA Shows. I have seen a real prejudice at the big shows against horses that do not have 'the look' of the pleasure and rail horse horses. You know, the 16.2 hand horses that are about 6 inches wide and show in false tails that drag the ground and get tangled around their hocks. You will also have to decide if you want to keep her nice long cutter/reiner mane or pull it, thin it and shorten it to a short banded mane.
Have you thought about learning how to rein and do working cowhorse on her? I'll bet she would be great there and it would be more within her 'type' and natural ability.
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