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Cutting Saddle

The cutting saddle is designed for “cutting,” the process of separating a single cow, steer, or calf from a larger herd. Cutting is a finesse activity and requires a finesse saddle. A cutter is designed for to keep the rider balanced and out of the way of the horse during sharp starts, stops, and turns. Contrary to what you might it expect, a cutter is not an overly secure saddle, so it's up to the rider to use their balance to stay in place during what can be quite a wild ride.

Typical features of a cutting saddle include:

  • Tall, thin horn for an easy handgrip
  • High, wide and straight swells - the one feature on the saddle designed to hold in the rider during sharp turns
  • Flat, long, smooth seat to allow maximum maneuverability. (Cutting seats tend to be longer than other styles.)
  • Rough-out jockeys and fenders for better grip
  • Forward-hung and free-swinging fenders to allow the rider to stay balanced and deep during sharp stops and turns

  • Slim stirrups to keep the boot in place
  • Low cantle that won’t hit the rider in the back
  • Double rigging - front cinch and flank cinch

A cutter saddle is a relatively versatile saddle, which can make it an economical saddle to own. In addition to cutting, a cutter can be a good choice for training, for penning events and even for reining, in a pinch. These activities all require close contact and movement by the rider to stay out of the horse's way.

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