If you cut, or do herd work in reined cow horse, or do ranch horse cutting, the nature of those classes is that you have to make moment-t0- moment decisions.
There are no pre-set patterns or courses. You hold the reins. You have to make on-the-spot choices.
This makes these classes exciting … and often frustrating.
One of these crucial decisions is when to quit a cow and go for another. Part of your decision making will depend on your ability to understand cattle.
Here are a few of the things you can weigh when you decide to stay with or quit a cow:
Is your “good” cow maximized … that is, did you get all the credit-earning work out of her yet?
Is your “mediocre” cow worth staying on?
Is the cow you cut so “bad” that the only smart thing to do is quit and get another one?