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post #1 of 4 Old 03-30-2011, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Your opinions on ideal Reining horses?

I am just curious as to what breeds others think are ideal for Reining? Im going to have to say Quarters and Paints, but I've heard of Arabians and even some Warmbloods competing?

My mare's sire has competed nationally in Reining and Cow Horse etc, he is built thick and tough...I personally prefer Paints as an all-around working cow horse, reining, pleasure type horse but I think the same of Quarter Horses too haha so I'm just curious :)

What do you guys think about Arabs and Warmbloods Reining? Is this common? I am in the mid-west so that is news to me :P

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I've never heard of warmbloods reining. Arabs can do fairly well. Colonial Spanish Horses are also great reiners, though they're not very common and few of us hav the time or money to take them to the levels they could compete in (afterall QHs and Paints didn't get their reining prowess from TBS )
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Quarter Horses and QH-bred Paints even Grade horses, as well as Arabs and Appendix breds are more likely to be seen in Reining Classes, but some Thoroughbreds do well as Reining horses. With the exception of gaited horses I believe any horse can be taught any discipline from Reining, to Dressage, to working cattle as in Team Penning, to driving for pleasure and beyond. However, some of the more unlikely breeds would never be able to be competitive against the ones specially bred for a specific "job" of a Western bred horse. As likewise, some Quarter Horses and QH-bred Paints can and do Dressage tests very well, all though they are considered to heavy on the forehand to be good at it.
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