Sonny and Grande

If you have never had the pleasure of riding with Sonny Rice you have missed out. Stories of cutting horses, doctoring screwworms, bird dogs… the tales are endless. Chances are you know of him though if you have followed cutting at all over the years. “Grande” on the other hand you have most certainly never heard of. Yet, the champion cutter and the unknown ranch horse have something in common, a lesson Sonny taught me and one Grande new: Let the horse make mistakes and build on those mistakes. The application of this lesson is as endless as Sonny Rice’s stories. Too often as a horseman (one can ponder other areas of life as well) I compensate for the horse. I know how to read the cow and pu

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