State Fair University: What makes a good cutting horse?

A photo of a horse cutting competition hosted by the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association. (Photo by Linda Tanner via Flickr)

MPR’s Cathy Wurzer, a horse lover, visited the equine area of the Minnesota State Fair determined to learn something new. Sure enough, J.P. Bell of the Minnesota Cutting Horse Association introduced her to a concept — and a competition — she had only heard of but never understood. “Cutting” is the term for separating one cow from a herd. Here’s J.P. Bell with a quick lesson in what makes a good cutting horse.

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