A class of western equestrian competition, the object of which is to demonstrate the horses' agility and ability to separate a single cow from a herd even when the cow wants, very desperately, to return to the herd. Cutting horses require not only extreme physical agility but an almost psychic ability to out guess what the cow is going to do next, called by western riders "cow sense". Dessage: A French word meaning "training" or "straightening" as in "dressing the ranks". Dressage (rhymes with "garage") is a method of training starting with basics (turns and transitions through the three basic gaits - walk, trot and canter) progressing to Grand Dressage where the horse may be asked to perform an elaborate series of exercises without any apparent queues from the rider. Originally, a method of training a horse for war, the practice today intends to give a horse balance, poise and self confidence as well as discipline. A dressage trained horse may well live a longer, healthier life due to the benefits of balance, agility and regular exercise. For the rider, dressage is the "black belt" of riding. More about Dressage
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Cutting is an equestrian event in the western riding style where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a calf away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time. The sport originally evolved from cattle ranches in the American West, where it was the cutting horse's job to separate cows from the herd for vaccinating, castrating, and sorting. Eventually competitions arose between the best cutting horses and riders in the area.