Im starting to think that it is to late to start duchess on reining or cutting. I mean most reining or cutting horses are being shown by the time they are 3 years old, duchess is 7. Those horses are also bred to be a cutting or reining horse, duchess is not really. Im just thinking that it is just to late.
IMHO those 3 yr olds are worked too hard and come up lame early in their lives (from the ones I've seen in my area). She's a good age to train her. She'll most likely do well and last longer doing it. Go for it RJ! :)
I agree. The reason cutting and reining horses are shown as two and three year-olds is an economic one. Your horse is capable of learning reining regardless of age. As far as cutting goes, most cutting horses go back to Doc Bar who was first a very unsuccesful race horse before becoming one of the most famous cutting horses in history.
I've been seriously considering trying to teach Lacey some reining moves because she really seems like she'd love it and she's 24, and an Arabian from racing lines! =D
Go for it! I bet Duchess will totally surprise you when you just let her do her thang'. =)
Thanks guys. Duchess is from doc bar lines and she also has king fritz (doc bar and king fritz are both one off her papers) in there to. Ya, I know that the reason most of those horses are showing as three year olds is for the money. I think I wil give it a go with her.