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  • Transitioning from dressage to reining
  • How to change from riding dressage to western

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    07-20-2011, 09:16 PM
Green Broke
Dressage gone Western!

*giggles* I just loved this. This is a video of our coach/trainer (the girl who rides Jynx) doing "rookie reining" on her Dressage Trakehner, Dominator. He's schooling third level movements, and they'll be competing second level next show. She's only been riding this horse since January and before that he was a pasture puff/trail horse for his entire life! (he's 10 now).

She got 3rd place out of about 20 riders! Hehe, I said she's probably the first Dressage Queen ever to pin a Trakehner in a reining class!

The pattern is supposed to be:

1. Spin 2 circles to the right
2. Spin 2 circles to the left
3. Pick up left lead, lope two big fast circles
4. Lope third small slow circle
5. Change lead
6. Lope two fast circles to the right
7. Lope third small slow circle
8. Change lead
9. Lope U-shape across arena, run down right side of arena and do right rollback
10. Lope U-shape across arena, run down left side of arena and do left rollback
11. Lope U-shape across arena, run down, sliding stop and back 10m

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    07-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Looks like fun!
But she looks so uncomfortable in that western saddle! =)
    07-20-2011, 09:30 PM
Thats awesome to see her/the horse out trying something new. Way to go!
    07-20-2011, 09:34 PM
Lol, that's awesome! Needs some work on those sliding stops
    07-20-2011, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
Hehe, I know, I was laughing so hard watching her ride Western, she rode in that saddle TWICE before the show. She did some trail riding as a kid, but doesn't ride Western. They also didn't practice virtually at all. She cleaned up the English classes, haha.

She was going to do gaming as well with him, but he was SO good after all his classes and it was so hot she scratched. I was mad, I wanted to see him pole bend!
    07-20-2011, 09:54 PM
Super Moderator
That horse was saying "Plant my hind foot and do WHAT?? On those spins.

That horse was a good sport. I often find reining horses make the transition to dressage easier than a dressage horse to reining.
    07-21-2011, 12:18 AM
Well at least she tried something new. It is always fun to try different things.
    07-21-2011, 12:51 AM
That horse is a dreamboat! Drool!
    07-21-2011, 01:34 AM
Its looks like they had fun! Its great to just have fun and step outside your comfort zone.
    07-22-2011, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
Dom is just one giant sweetheart, he takes everything in stride. For a $3 entry fee, why not? And she won back $7!

The guy who won is an excellent reining trainer, it's kind of funny that he beats all the competition on a green as grass 3 year old who's still prone to blow ups when he gets stressed. The second place horse is one he also trained, with an amateur owner rider. Super stand up guy though, he was giving us tips on spins and rollbacks before the class.

I doubt Kali will be taking up reining as a second hobby.

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