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Preview: The Challenges Of Breeding Cutting Horses

Shane Plummer owns and manages SDP Buffalo Ranch based at Fort Worth, TX. The company stands top stallions in cutting, reining and performance horse industries as well as offers breeding services around the world. CHTO sat down with Shane for a wide-ranging discussion on the how the family business evolved, the challenges and opportunities in breeding cutting horses and some invaluable advice on genetics when considering pedigrees.

Part 1
The story of SDP Buffalo Ranch as it grew from a family company to an international breeding enterprise owned and operated by Shane Plummer. He talks about why he chose cutting over the thoroughbred industry and what it taught him.
Part 2
Shane Plummer discusses the challenges in breeding cutting horses. He makes some fascinating comparisons between the thoroughbred and cutting industries in the way horses are bred. He talks about why cutting is too top-loaded when it comes to dominant stallions and why it's leading to a shrinking gene pool. He explains why and how to get genetic testing done on offspring to help make sound breeding decisions.
Part 3
In part 3, Shane Plummer talks in more depth about the shrinking gene pool in cutting. He explains the difference between inbreeding and line-breeding and what to consider when breeding for certain traits. He describes the difference between breeders in horse racing versus cutting and what cutters can learn from the thoroughbred industry to make more educated less emotional and costly breeding decisions.
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