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Rena 07-08-2013 04:54 PM

TB//Warmbloods in Reining?
Hi There!
Im new to the forum, I currently own a Tb/Hanoverian. I have been riding dressage with her for years but am thinking of switching into reining?
I know she won't be the greatest, but do you guys think she could do it with no huge issues? She is not super fancy and is built a bit like a QH.

I just want to try something new, but don't want to sell her!

Any ideas or tips would be great! thanks!

TheAQHAGirl 07-08-2013 05:35 PM

I know a friend who owns a TB/Percheron/QH and does reining and her mare is very good at it.

I'm sure you can get into reining at local open shows and 4-h, but a TB/Hanoverian is built differently than a AQHA, or specifically a reining AQHA. A lot of the reining/western/ranch horses are around 15hh-15.2hh and I'm assuming a TB/Hanoverian would be around 16hh+.

I think if you sent her to be professionally trained you won't have any problems, but I'm not sure if you would want to spend that kind of money on a horse that wasn't particularly bred for reining.

smrobs 07-08-2013 07:05 PM

I see absolutely no reason why you can't take her and have some fun. With her dressage background and the fact that she's not bred for that type of movement, she'll likely never be a great reiner, but if you're just wanting to do it to have fun or wanting to compete in some small local shows, go for it.

If you'd like to be more competative at bigger shows, you'll need a trainer though. Not only to teach the more complex moves, but also to tell you exactly how much reining potential the mare has.

Rena 07-09-2013 12:16 AM

Thanks! Yeah I don't really want to send her to a trainer, I don't really like sending them to trainers. I think it would be fun to just puts around on her for a while, we've been seriously competing all over in dressage and it might be nice for both of us to do something different.

Fowl Play 07-09-2013 07:02 PM

My trainer has a 16.2 Anglo-arab/TWH cross. He's a fancy mover and does the prettiest reining patterns. Is he meant for it? No, but he has all the training and when someone rides him in a reining pattern, it looks so cool. Is he ever going to make it big time? Nope, but he could easily compete at local/entry level shows.

It really depends on what your goals are? Do you want to compete in the Worlds? Probably not the best choice. Do you want a well rounded horse? Why not. There is nothing in reining training that won't benefit any horse, regardless of breed.

franknbeans 07-09-2013 07:09 PM

I have one that I spent WAY too much on training on-it was not wasted $$, and I just have fun with it. If you want to be competitive in the NRHA you really have to have a good horse, most are bred for it, and professionally trained. Mine went to a pro trainer for 8 months, which put a good handle on him and taught him the basics, which I could not do. I will say though-it is not easy AT ALL to find a pro reining trainer to take an "odd" horse. It also takes a bit longer sometimes with horses who have to unlearn some behaviors that do not serve them well for reining. (i.e. direct reining you are used to) The lack of contact was the most difficult for me personally after many years of riding english. It is a great experience, and if you just want to have fun-why not? I do recommend professional help tho. Stops, turns, etc require teaching correctly.

Fowl Play 07-09-2013 07:15 PM

Even though my daughter is the only one at our barn who actually competes in reining, all the horses learn the basic reining principles during their training. It's just good skills to have. It is amazing to have a horse that moves off your leg so softly. I would really consider a trainer, or finding one that will give you lessons on your horse to help you teach these things correctly.

toto 07-09-2013 07:19 PM

I have a twh that i play around on with reining because its fun to see the look on peoples faces when they see a gaited horse do a running walk spin, lol. :-P i trained her myself and i dont compete but would love to be in one of the local gaited western shows one day! Theres no issues she just dont do trotting spins! :lol: :-P

I think its neat you want to try with a horse that aint the standard reiner and have seen a few that did nice-- just remember its your horse and you can ride it what ever way you want in any discipline you want-- if you really look you can find shows for horses like that too. :thumbsup:

Rena 07-09-2013 10:19 PM

Thanks guys! Ya I think I'm going to do it, she was started western so neck reining and all that is familiar to her luckily!! I will have a trainer helping me for sure, but I want to teach her without a trainer getting on, I'm doing it for my learning experiences as well! There is a trained reiner at our barn I could learn what its supposed to feel like on.

Do you guys know of any adjustable western saddle brands? Sorry I have so many questions!!

toto 07-09-2013 10:45 PM

That would be good to get your cues right too and if you have someone show you to do it right that seven better! :thumbsup:

Adjustable tree western saddle?

Ive heard a lot of bad things about them not holding up too good- aint tried one for myself though.

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