I live in the Cutting Horse Capital of the World. I never thought much about the duallys and horse trailers that make up 80% of the vehicles in my hometown. Nor all the Cattle Dogs and Australian Shepherds raised around here. It's just part of the landscape, but when my editor suggested I write about cowboys, turning to cutting horses was the natural thing. After all, in order to do research, I simply had to walk outside my front door.
But, as I've talked to readers about cutting horse cowboys, I've discovered most people don't know what a cutting horse is. So I'm sharing a YouTube video that shows them in action. Cutting horses are special. Not just any horse can be trained to do this. They have to have a natural instinct for it.
Look for my Jubilee, Texas series about cutting horse cowboys coming from Avon Books in 2012.