Cutting Crash Course 1
Jerry and Marlene Mosley’s 7,000-acre cattle ranch in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, serves as base camp for this weeklong immersion in cutting.
Cutting Crash Course 2
Liberty Ranch clinician Lee Sellers has spent a lifetime in the saddle—having served as a top hand for large ranches in Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma, and cutting horse trainer. He is a natural born teacher of horses and people.
Cutting Crash Course 3
Liberty’s ample cattle supply and intimate clinic size provide numerous opportunities to put our cutting lessons to use. On an average day we each make 10 to 15 trips into the herd and, when we’re not cutting, we apply our fledgling skills as turnback help for our classmates.
Cutting Crash Course 4
Liberty offers seasoned cutting horses for all levels of riders. Selected first for their minds and second for their ability, horses of the Liberty cavy and show string are also utilized in the daily cattle operations.
Cutting Crash Course 5
Though Liberty Ranch is a cattle outfit first and foremost, owners Jerry (left) and Marlene (right) Mosley joined forces with trainer Lee Sellers (center) to offer an intense, hands, on cutting clinics for both novices and experienced competitors. According to Jerry, the ranch’s goal is not to train and sell you a horse that can cut but to train you to be a good cutter.
Cutting Crash Course 6
While Liberty Ranch experience centers mainly on cattle, horses and cutting, the Mosley’s warm hospitality, posh accommodations and hearty meals provide a welcome break from the saddle.
Cutting Crash Course 7
Return guest and cutting competitor Cherie Long of Oolagah uses her Liberty Ranch visit to sharpen both her horse and her horsemanship skills prior to showing.
Cutting Crash Course 8
Boot camp begins not in the arena but in one of Liberty’s lush pastures. Here we gather the morning’s practice cattle and learn the first of many lessons—herd behavior.
Cutting Crash Course 9
The Liberty Ranch name and brand are symbolic of the operation’s mission—to provide a unique, hands-on learning experience in the truly American sport of cutting.
Cutting Crash Course 10
Play-by-play instruction is just a radio wavelength away thanks to wireless headsets that help reduce audible distractions and improve response time between instruction and application.