Reserve Citizen Airman horse cutting competitor
Master Sgt. Tania McGuire, 349th Force Support Squadron first sergeant, places boots on her horse's legs prior to competing in a cutting competition in Lincoln, Calif., on Sept. 2, 2018. The boots protect the horse's legs during the rigorous stops and turns demanded during cutting competitions. Cutting is a western-style equestrian competition in which a horse and rider work as a team before a judge or panel of judges to demonstrate the horse's athleticism and ability to handle cattle during a 2 1⁄2 minute performance, called a "run." Each contestant is assisted by four helpers: two are designated as turnback help to keep cattle from running off to the back of the arena, and the other two are designated as herd holders to keep the cattle bunched together and prevent potential strays from escaping into the work area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Daniel Phelps)
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