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(howdy, short for how do you do),
I'm Christine and I reside in the Big D. What the D stands for in Big D is up to you. If youre not a fan of pickup trucks, scorching heat, flash floods, professional sports, rush hour traffic and tree-less vistas, Big D to you might mean Big Deal! Ive been living in dallas since my childhood...what the locals call a texas transplant. Ive nearly completed my education and am going to spend some time travelling before I have to start a career and be a responsible, contributing member of society..."mooooo". Before I resign myself to the herd theres a few things Id like to see and do and just be a student of life (versus institution) for a little while. I will try to get a few decent pics up so you can get a better idea of whats happening in dallas, until then!
Cutting: In cutting the rider goes into a herd of cattle and moves one cow out. He then places the horse between the cow and the rest of the herd. The rider drops his hand pressing on the horses mane to cue the horse to his target cow (called "hooking up"). The horses job is to then prevent the cow from returning back to the herd. Due to the strong herd instinct, a cow will try very, very hard to get back to it's herd and the horse will mirror its every move, blocking its path. If the cow stands still, a good cutting horse (intense and athletic) will get low to the ground and even tremble in anticipation of his "opponents" next move. The ranches of the West prized their cutting horses so much that only top hands were mounted on them. Cutting had and still has practical uses on cattle ranches, used to cut steer from the herd for various reasons; giving medical attention, branding, for sale/auction, etc... Horses with quick reflexes and an uncanny ability to anticipate and respond to the movements of cattle are said to have great "cow sense."
A still pic doesnt do the sport justice. Check out
and click on Triple Crown Winner link on left side to see video. Been riding since age 9. Jumping, dressage, western pleasure, reining, barrel racing. This is by far the most difficult riding Ive done. Blink at the wrong time and you'll be dusting off your britches! If you take the time to watch the video, please let me know what you think!