Covers more topics than just cutting! 



Soft-bound Book
By Barbra Schulte

This was my first 305 page, soft-bound book.

What you may not know is that over half of this book contains valuable information for riders of all disciplines:

Chapter 1: Identify Your Goals: The Process of Becoming

  • Different Strokes for Different Folks
  • A Personal Leap of Faith
  • Identify Your Cutting Goals
  • Common Mistakes Cutters Make and Practical Solutions
  • Have Fun and Be Yourself

Chapter 2: Build a Strong Support System

  • Mentors
  • Trainers/Instructors
  • Instructor Selection Tips
  • Your Support System
  • Ways to Promote Good Communications When Problems Arise
  • 11 Practical Tips to Encourage a Cutter for Family Members, Trainers, and Friends
  • Tips for Becoming a Better Student

Chapter 3: Choose a Horse That Suits Your Needs

  • Why it is Important to Ride a Horse that Fits Your Needs
  • Primary Considerations for Your Horse Selection – Secondary Considerations for Your Horse Selection
  • How to Choose the Right Horse
  • What to do With a Horse that Doesn’t Suit You

Chapter 4: Develop Basic Riding Skills

  • A Secure Center of Balance
  • Soft, Connected Body Alignment
  • A Quiet Upper Body
  • Rhythmic Breathing
  • Controlled Eyes
  • Hinged Arms
  • Two-Handed Stop
  • Relaxes, Responsive Legs – Dropped Heels
  • Strategic Use of Feet/Legs
  • Feel for the Stop
  • The Backup
  • Head/Neck Flexibility
  • Neck Reining

Chapter 5: Learn the Mental Skills of Great Competitors
This is the largest chapter in the book and covers the basic tenets of the original Mentally Tough Training Program.

  • Why Train Mentally and Emotionally?
  • Why is IPS Important?
  • From a Physical Viewpoint
  • Acting Skills
  • Mental Conditioning Tools
  • Design Your Own Constant Improvement Program

The five remaining chapters focus on tips to improve your cutting skills:

Chapter 6: Ride Your Trained Horse Effectively

  • Create a Mental Image of Excellence, Poise, Grit, and Style
  • Use Your Body to Help, Not Hinder, Your Horse
  • Putting it all Together: Balance, Rhythm, Control of the Cow, and Holding the Line
  • Common Trouble Spots Working a Cow

Chapter 7: Maintain Your Trained Horse

  • Basic Schooling Principles
  • Five Situations Where You Can Apply a Two-Handed Stop
  • Key Schooling Points
  • Chronic Problems

Chapter 8: Gain Control in the Herd

  • The Ideal Cut
  • Preparing to Enter the Herd
  • Walking Toward the Herd
  • Entering the Herd
  • Making the Turn
  • Making Good, Spontaneous Moment-to-Moment Decisions
  • Cutting for Shape
  • Cutting Specific Cattle

Chapter 9: Study Cattle

  • Describe Cattle Physically
  • Predicting Behavior

Chapter 10: Develop Your Own Showmanship Style

  • Preparation Prior to Show Day
  • Preparation on the Day of the Show
  • Outstanding Run Presentation Skills
  • Spontaneous Responses to Unexpected Situations

Price: $29.95


See what people are saying about

"Barbra has intensely studied the art of riding and showing cutting horses. She is an extraordinary teacher. Her book helps the new cutter with invaluable shortcuts to mastery, while providing a refresher course for the experienced – a must read for all.”

The Late Bill Freeman – Cutting Horse Trainer, Breeder, Clinician, and Author
Rosston, TX


“I read your book; then read it again with a highlighter, and have since read it again with a red pen in hand! It is marvelous and ties in with the video series, the Mentally Tough Riding training course, and your clinic information perfectly. I have found myself surrounded by amateurs on several occasions when it comes to watching the herd settlers! Thank you for opening the door to such a wonderful learning experience.”

Stephanie Sheen
Gardendale, TX


“I’ve read many others, including Bill Freeman. This one is the best book for a Non-pro … for someone to get their feet on the ground. It’s not only well written, it’s well organized!”

Bill Rosa – Cutter & President of Mid-States Cutting Horse Association
North Little Rock, AR


“I want to thank you for your wonderful book Cutting, One Run at a Time! I very much appreciate its informative content. I feel I just took a college course by a very gifted teacher.”

Dennis Troyer
Shickley, NE


“One of the most unique, useful, and comprehensive books available on cutting.”

Charlie Ward
Doc Bar Ranch – Paicines, CA


“Everyone who has just gotten into or has been cutting, or even the most experienced cutters, would benefit from this unique book.”

Kathy Daughn – Cutting Horse Trainer
Gonzales, TX


"Barbra Schulte has done a remarkable job of clarifying and explaining the unchanging basics of our sport. This helpful book will find a wide readership.”

Tom McGuane – Best-Selling Author and Cutting Horse Rider
McLeod, MT

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