Cutting Horse

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The cutting horse is typically an American Quarter Horse, bred and trained for cutting, a modern equestrian competition requiring a horse to separate a single cow from a herd of cattle and to prevent it from going back into the herd.

I chose this stance to exemplify the athleticism required of the horse to “work” the cow. Oftentimes these horses are almost on the ground in order to manipulate the cow’s movements.

This sport has its roots in the historic cattle ranching industry, where horses with specialized cattle-handling skills were crucial for the working cowboy who had to cut a single cow from a large herd in order to brand and vet it.

11"H x 24"W x 15"D
(28 x 61 x 38 cm)
Bronze (Cire perdue)