By Corsi Crumpler
In the sport of cutting, contestants show their horses in groups or “sets.” These sets can range anywhere from two cutters to 20 cutters, depending on how large the class is. In between each set, a fresh herd of cattle is brought in to give everyone a fair shot at cutting a good cow. Think of it like barrel racing: after every five or so women run their horses, the arena is drug so that everyone has a fair chance on fresh ground.
In the cutting industry, the cattle are the most important element of the performance. Without a good cow, you’re liable to score low, or not score at all. Part of making sure the cattle are behaving properly in order for none of the above to occur, the herd is “settled” before each set. Sound like a lot of work? It is, but it is of the utmost importance to make the herd feel comfortable and calm so that everyone, horse, rider and cow are ultimately happy. No one knows more on this topic than the ever-talented and phenomenal visionary, Temple Grandin.
The expert herself was recently in Fort Worth, Texas, for a separate event. By the goodness of her heart and willingness to share her knowledge, she agreed to speak to anyone willing to listen at the 2018 Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes.
For anyone who is not familiar with Grandin, she received her Ph.D. in animal science from the University of Illinois, has received dozens upon dozens of awards, written more than 10 books on the subject of livestock, and essentially single-handedly pioneered the way livestock working systems and slaughter facilities are operated today. As a pioneer in the livestock industry, Grandin was diagnosed with autism.
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