My daughter works at a reining barn and we both ride English. She is currently training our pony cross filly as a potential eventer. (Right now she is in the very early stages of training). After watching a reining clinic at work, we are wondering if cross-training in other disciplines is a good idea. We really like the softness and collection we see in the reining horses and wondered if introducing some of the techniques used would provide any benefit to a potential eventer?
I personally don't like cross-training when it comes to English AND Western. A friend of mine is training her young horse, coming five, just started in the HUS rings AND she's working on reining training, but it just wont work. The disciplines are quite different, the tack, the cues, etc. he would be an AMAZING HUS horse, but he's got too many reining moves under his belt. I'd say maybe when the horse is older and more progressed in their training.
Especially because as you're training for eventing you're ALREADY cross-training three different disciplines... it's a bit much to add MORE on top of that.
I train my horses with dressage, but I show western pleasure, english pleasure and dressage. My horses stay in the snaffle until the week of the WP show and then they're worked in the curb. If they do it in a snaffle they will do it in a curb! Also, my sister's retired QH did eventing, dressage and barrels. The common denominator is dressage, it works the whole horse so they can go into any discipline you want.
I would actually think the benefits would be comparable. Reining is all about control - controlling your horses body and speed. Most eventers I see have very little control xD
I would think, if you were in cross-country, you would want a horse who could gallop comfortably, slow down the gallop under control, turn on a dime, whoa in an emergency, and be soft in the face and listening to the rider. Reining would definitely help you with these things. I would actually be very impressed to see some reining techniques used to event. I always assumed a well-controlled horse that moves off leg is very practical.
My own horse is a driving horse, english and western. He does western pleasure, english pleasure, ADTs (driving). The thing is, any of your other styles of riding need to be close to something else. Like english and western pleasure. Sames gates, same headset. Just diffrent tack. A reining horse and a eventer are not the same. Renining horses needs a low headset and collection. While a eventer needs a high headset. So it could be vary confusing to a horse if one day you ask for a low set then high head set. If anything I would do dressage and eventing.
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