trail riding a reining horse - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 26 Old 04-27-2011, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ohio
Posts: 573
• Horses: 0
very happy you joined hubby! I am taking the advise of saddlebag and letting you make the desicion. I will support you whichever choice you make!
garlicbunny is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 26 Old 04-27-2011, 07:52 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Posts: 3,440
• Horses: 8
Originally Posted by xNightHawk View Post
This is garlicbunny's hubby (of 32+ years). Thank you ladies for the words of wisdom....especially the Mares RULE! Geldings drool! comment...
First, I would like to say welcome to the forum. There's a lot one can learn on here but remember that there are a lot of just opinions too.

I'm glad you did join because there does seem to be more females than us guys.

I don't know if you had thought of it, but before you buy either horse, it would be a good idea to have a vet check it over first. They can check for things that could be a problem. The mare may be older but you could have a lot of years left to ride her if she's healthy. The gelding may be younger, but you'd have to put so time into him to get him like the mare.

Eventhough the gelding may look nice, other things like personality, attitude, and functionality should be considered too. A sports car can look nice and handle great, but it wouldn't do well hauling horses around. A big truck may look good and can haul things but doesn't get good fuel mileage or parallel park real easy.

Maybe in the end you'll click better with the gelding. I like either gender, but I can usually "click" easier with a mare, not all of them though.

I hope it works out well for you.

Everyone should be allowed at least one bad habit, and that's NOT owning a horse!

Mares RULE! Geldings drool!
usandpets is offline  
post #13 of 26 Old 04-27-2011, 08:44 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Italy
Posts: 125
• Horses: 2
Just wanted to welcome xNightHawk, and I agree with saddlebag, a lot of good information here but also a lot of just opinions. And yes, let a vet check the horse as to avoid any nasty surprises.

Let us know what you decide, I'm getting curious!

Show me your horse, and I will tell you who you are.
Lenuccia is offline  
post #14 of 26 Old 04-27-2011, 09:07 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: left of center
Posts: 7,083
• Horses: 2
Welcome! I have 2 horses, one that fits each of your descriptions, except they are both geldings. My english guy that needs constant contact is great and bombproof, but I get really tired of holding him when we do anything but walk. And mine is not herdbound. He used to be, and that took hours and hours to fix.
My younger guy is the reining trained guy, and he is incredibly easy to ride. Very soft and responsive. It happens that his previous occupation used to be trail horse extrordinaire. I ride him in a halter, and half the time don'e even need that. But I will say, that if you are not a good rider with a fairly well balanced seat and still legs, you may find the reining horse doing things you are not asking for if it is well trained.
Muppetgirl likes this.

Signature undergoing edits. Please standby.......
franknbeans is offline  
post #15 of 26 Old 04-28-2011, 05:29 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Beavercreek, OH
Posts: 13
• Horses: 0
xNightHawk is offline  
post #16 of 26 Old 04-28-2011, 11:41 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: N.W. Ohio
Posts: 5,344
• Horses: 0
All my reiners trail ride. No reason why they can or should not be trail ridden. They all love it also.

-I'm so busy... I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse.
-An Armed Man is a Citizen an unarmed man is a subject.
-Where ever free speech is stifled Tyranny will reign.
nrhareiner is offline  
post #17 of 26 Old 04-28-2011, 11:46 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1,296
• Horses: 1
Think about this... the horse that has bad habits, you will spend two thirds (esimtate) more time retraining and get less out of them immediately than you will with a horse without bad habits.... do you have the extra 200 hours to spend retraining a horse to get desired results, or would a horse who only needs 40 hours of retraining suit you better......

"Equine-facilitated therapy employs a form of biofeedback for practicing self-awareness, emotional management, and relationship skills that human role-playing exercises and discussion groups cannot begin to access." Linda Kohanov (The Tao of Equus)
Citrus is offline  
post #18 of 26 Old 04-30-2011, 07:01 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Western MA
Posts: 521
• Horses: 1
Welcome Nighthawk. I can't wait to hear your choice!
momo3boys is offline  
post #19 of 26 Old 05-01-2011, 03:59 AM
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Beavercreek, OH
Posts: 13
• Horses: 0
Thank you all for the welcome’s and the thoughtful and insightful advise. On Saturday, garlicbunny and I went for a second look at both the mare and the gelding. Very surprising turn of events. Clearly, garlicbunny’s first impressions supported buying the mare and leaving the gelding in Indiana and in our memories. There were significant concerns had I chosen the gelding I would be in the dog house (if we had one) or maybe sleeping on the couch for a while. As it turns out, garlicbunny had a change of heart when she saw and rode both a second time. Before our second visit, garlicbunny made it very clear that it would be my decision on which horse we bought. In the end, “WE” both decided the gelding Bailey was the better fit and the right choice for myself. I feel very good about our decision and very much look forward to years of happy trail riding with garlicbunny (her ride Dillon) and my new ride Bailey (soon to be Dakota). A link to our choices.
Thank you for your inputs!
xNightHawk is offline  
post #20 of 26 Old 05-01-2011, 04:57 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Italy
Posts: 125
• Horses: 2
Hello there, and congratulations! He is indeed a beautiful horse and looks very sweet too. In the end what is important is the feeling between you and the horse. Our considerations would serve if you were buying a car or something like that, but we are talking about a living creature, and what might be right for me is not necessarily right for you. It's all about soul matching.
Hope he will be everything you dreamt of. Happy trails!

Show me your horse, and I will tell you who you are.
Lenuccia is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mt Adams Horse Camp Trail Riding Trails Trail Riding 0 09-10-2010 03:11 PM
Is trail riding absolutely A MUST for the horse? kitten_Val Horse Training 39 06-15-2010 11:45 PM
Let's see hunter orange, you, your horse, dog, trail riding Juniper Horse Pictures 11 11-24-2009 08:00 PM
Any use composite horse shoes for trail riding? Ottakee Trail Riding 5 02-05-2009 03:29 AM
Reining bred and Trail riding horese for sale tazassape Horses for Sale 0 10-08-2008 07:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome