Reining & cutting horse conformation… good or bad?

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  1. Ross says

    Hi Larry . I enjoyed your articles on comformation and what it take to be a good cutting horse. Ive learned this lesson the hard way. With limited funds to put on horse i bought horse bred Playboy flit. Sure was a pretty thing but moved like a hay wagon. And about the same time started riding with i local trainer and learned why it was such a battle to get this horse to move. He wouldnt pick up his leads, Which was partly my fault, and alot his just a lazy heavy mover. So i sold him just had my buddy pick out my next horse. And bought a filly cause they are a little cheaper bred Cats del cielo out of a nothing mare. But on the bright side she has enough comformation even being a great grand too Gallo del ceilo that made alot of things easier to do. Stops , leads and collection. Hopefully one of theses days i can afford a own son out of good mare.

  2. Wayne says

    Hi Larry
    I bought a lot of your videos many years ago but then through lifes circumstances ended up working away from my land for years. Now retired for the second time & have bought four mares to restart a breeding program for cutting & reining horses. I am happy to say that your conformation comments give me some heart that I have selected the right mares to breed with. I still have the original videos somewhere packed but will probably now rebuy another set . Many thanks for your training ideas and advice & I look forward to getting back into the saddle once again. At my age (68) I want to train them quiet and responsive & your videos put things in perspective for good outcomes. Any one contemplating getting the videos my unsolicited encouragement is to do so, you will not be sorry.
    Wayne NSW

  3. Brin says

    Hi Larry
    I just bought a horse that is green broke. I have been working with him on tight turning in case he spooks. When ever I pull his nose in to my knee he goes backwards. I apply good pressure with my legs and even kick with spurs on but he continues to go backwards. He understands what leg pressure means but seems to ignore it in this situation. Not sure why or how to break him of this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Brin,
      Your horse is doing this because he’s not supple enough.
      Get him supple.

      Larry T

  4. Shannon says

    I’m new to riding altogether. Me and my friends started cow cutting last summer. I’m the only one with a cutting horse , she actually competed in the futurity when she was 3. She will be seven may 4th this year. She has been veru forgiving and has beeen waiting for me to catch up. When I started cutting we did really well so I thought, But recently she she is now starting to get agrevated with me because she wants to go after the cows, She turns so quick that it intimidates me, I can feel her fustration she give a crow hop here and their and I become more intimidated because I’m not convinced she won’t get so fustrated she’ll buck me off. Though I have owned her for 2 years and she hasn’t done more then little crows hops here and thier. I could ride my friends horses because they don;t come close to turning the way she does, but I don’t want to I want to learn to ride her. Is thier anything I can do to practice on her to get use to her turns. I was thinking of buying a pro cutter. What are your thoughts. Im fustrated and but dedicated.

  5. Sylvia says

    Hi Larry,
    I have a 4 yr old QH mare (Freckles Olena Badger) that I think has a lot of the same confirmation that you pointed out on the video of this colt. The only thing is she is a little bit cow hocked & she trips on her hind legs just riding at a walk. Have you ever come across the hind leg tripping before? I don’t know if her being cow hocked & tripping on the hind legs are related or not. How much does breeding come into play for natural ability? Could being cow hocked stop her from being a good reining horse? Her father SPS Quixote is doing decently with an amateur rider in reining competition in Canada but he has nice straight hind legs. Plus he has better bone in his legs but I hope hers will thicken up quite a bit with steady use.
    Sorry for all the questions. If you get time please let me know what you think. Thanks :o)

  6. Bethany says

    This video really emphasized what I should be looking for in a good performance horse. It was very informative and gave me more insight in the perfect type of horse that I am looking for. Thank you!

  7. leslie says

    Hi, does the breed of horse really mater for making a good cutting horse? I know the most common is a QH, I actually have a North American Spotted Draft, but she has amazing movement, is it possible to use her?

    • LarryTrocha says

      Hi Leslie,
      Sure, it may be possible to use her.

      Of course, I wouldn’t plan on her winning anything.
      She will look like a fish out of water.

      Those QH that are bred to compete in cutting competition are absolutely without equal.
      No other breed even comes close.

      The National Cutting Horse Association Futurity pays $250,000 to the winner and tens of thousands of dollars to the to 20 who make the finals.

      So the incentive is there for anybody to come win the money if they are able.

      The futurity has been an annual event for 50 years. In those 50 years, guess how many non-quarter horses have made it to the finals.

      Here’s a hint… the number is lower than 1.

      I think it would be much better to use your draft filly for a task she was bred to do.

      Larry T.

      • leslie says

        I would not think of competing, for several reasons, I just wanted to make sure I did not hurt her if I try to use her on the farm. So the only people who will see her looking like a fish out of water would be the people gere on the farm. Thankyou for your time.

        • LarryTrocha says

          Actually, trying to get her to physically do something she isn’t built to do could hurt her.
          A horse trying to cut cattle, must sometimes stop and turn hard and fast.
          You could darn sure injure her suspensory ligaments if you’re not careful.

          Larry T.

  8. Rachael says

    How do you feel about goose rumped horses? I have a gelding who is Great Pine on top, Doc Quixote on bottom, and he is built not beautifully but quite decently in most aspects aside from his steep croup. Is this going to be a huge deterrent in reining/cow horse type disciplines?

  9. Erika says

    Would there be any way you would do a critique of my colt if I sent you video? I would like a professional opinion on him, before I send him off for training. Thanks.

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