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.

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