Rigging: Full double, dropped-front Stainless steel.
Finish: Pecan Oil with hand stamped Hamley Swirl tooling on back housing. Roughout jockey, fenders and cut-away skirts.
Trim: Hand engraved Silver conchos.
Stirrups: 2” Rawhide Bell, hand laced.
Weight: 40 lbs.
The Charlie Ashcraft Cutter features a Bullhide Cowhorse tree with dropped dee rigging, cut-away skirts, roughout seat jockey and fenders and hand stamped Hamley Swirl tooling.The legendary multi-generation Ashcraft Cutting Horse Family has spent their lives devoted to training, breeding, and showing some of the finest cutting horses in the nation. Teaching, training, and demonstrating the technical fine art of the sport of cutting to both horse and rider is Charlie Ashcraft's mission.
If you’ve ever seen a cutting horse in action, you know what a high-energy event it is. In the cutting horse class, the horse and rider enter a herd of cows and the rider indicates to a judge which calf they are going to “cut out” from the herd and drive out into the arena. The rider then adopts a loose set of reins and turns the job of preventing the calf from rejoining the herd over to the horse.
“When the cow runs and stops, the horse has to run and stop and, when the cow turns, the horse has to mirror the cow and make the same kind of turn or even a more aggressive turn, which derives more points,” Richard Herr, a cutting horse trainer in Gainesville, Texas, says. That’s a lot of action, all crammed into a short two minutes.
In order to do this kind of work, cutting horses must be in excellent physical condition. “Basically every muscle in their body is used while they are working the cow,” Al Dunning, a cutting horse trainer in Scottsdale, Ariz., says. “There’s probably not another equine athlete that expends this kind of energy in such a small amount of time.”
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