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post #1 of 7 Old 01-05-2011, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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A few questions about genetic lines...

So, being new to the world of horses, I thought I would ask for the vast experience of those here and get a few opinions on what everyone thinks are good lines for a reining QH. I will eventually be looking for one and like to research things ahead of time to make sure I know what I'm talking about. I also want a gelding..but that doesn't make much difference in this conversation.

At the stable I train at, we have a sorrel mare QH from the Chex line (not sure which part of it but I know she was a champion reiner)...and in the local area we have stables that work with the following lines...Shining Spark, Doc Tom Tucker, Doc O'Lena, and Mr. Gun Smoke.

So...any opinions out there? =-)

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-08-2011, 07:22 PM
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My reiners bost some of the top reining lines out there. I personally like the Dun It/Howllywood Jac Lines. They are great open level horses and then they come right back down and work very very well for their non pro owners. They have great work ethic and are light and responsive.

I have also had good luck with Poco Pine lines however they take more patients to get started.

I also like the Doc's Hickory lines. As that is one of the few cutting lines that work quite well in reining. Most cutting lines like Doc O'Lena/Smart Little Lena tend to be to much thinking horses and are hard to keep honest.

The Chex lines are very good also. Need to look at how they are crossed though. There are certain crosses that are better then others.

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Thank you! I was beginning to think no one was going to reply. =-) I agree that it depends on the crosses a good portion of the time...and have been that before by another breeder friend I have.

So, since I have you here...(NHRAreiner), an additional question. For the purpose of me learning reining, is it better to look into purchasing a younger horse from a good line before it has a chance to learn bad habits that we would have to break it of....or an experienced reining horse and hope that it has good skills....or something in between?

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Bo and buy a finished proven reining horse. One with earnings is best. The only real problem you will find in most is one that might be ring sour but if you are working with a trainer you can get them past that fairly easily. Look at how much they run each year will tell you if they are at that point or not. If I was looking for a finished reiner with earnings I would look for one with earnings in Cat 2 as a younger horse and some more in cat 1 weekend earnings but not one that perhaps has made a run for a year end title. As those are the ones that tend to be ring sour. However if they are shown properly it is not that big of a problem most of the time.

I would not recommend getting a younger horse. It will take you 4-5 years before you would be competitive on a horse like that if not more. Also keep in mind that from the beginning to the end (Point you are winning regularly) you will go through about 3-4 horses.

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Thanks for the awesome answer. You always have great advice. I have to admit, I was leaning that direction already. Have been scouring the ads looking for a decent gelding QH in the 6-8 year old range. I do have two trainers...one whom has a lot of national reining experience, so I feel confident that they will be able to guide me appropriately. It never hurts to get more opinions though! =-)
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[QUOTE=nrhareiner;881854]Most cutting lines like Doc O'Lena/Smart Little Lena tend to be to much thinking horses and are hard to keep honest. QUOTE]
Totally agree with this statement! Talk about patience testers. For someone who's willing to take their time with training, they make great competition horses and are typically quite athletic but like nrhareiner said, they "think" too much and don't always go along with what you want to do.

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post #7 of 7 Old 01-13-2011, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Learning about pedigrees and lines is an education in itself! =-)

I've been approached by the head trainer at my stable..(the one that has national reining experience so he knows what he's talking about)....about possibly leasing (with an options to buy) a gelding that an associate of his has and is doing nothing with. He is an own son of Great Red Pine and apparently is an 'almost' finished reiner that my trainer has shown in the past and really liked. I'm not sure what the cross is but most likely I will be going to take a look at him in the near future. It will all come down to money in the end but I'm fairly certain I won't be able to get a better deal on a better horse so once I see and ride him, I'll be seriously considering it.

We shall see! I'll post pics if I get the chance.
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