Cutting saddles are used to separate a single cow, steer, or calf from a larger herd. Cutting is a finesse sport that necessitates the use of a finesse saddle. During sharp starts, stops, and turns, a cutter is designed to keep the rider balanced and out of the way of the horse. A cutter, contrary to popular belief, is not an exceptionally secure saddle, thus the rider must rely on their balance to keep in place throughout what can be a wild ride.
- Tall, thin horn with a comfortable grip
- Swells that are high, wide, and straight – the only feature on the saddle designed to keep the rider in place during abrupt spins.
- Seat is flat, long, and smooth for maximum movement. Cutting chairs are often longer than other seating arrangements.
- For improved grip, rough out the saddle jockeys and fenders.
- Fenders that hang forward and swing freely to keep the rider balanced and deep during sudden stops and twists.
- Stirrups have a slim profile to keep the boot in place.
- Low cantle that will not hit the back rider.
- Front cinch and flank cinch are both rigged.
A cutter saddle is a saddle that is reasonably adaptable, making it a cost-effective saddle to own. A cutter can be used for training, penning activities, and even reining in a pinch, in addition to cutting. To stay out of the horse’s way, all of these activities necessitate tight contact and movement by the rider.