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PechosGoldenChance 04-14-2010 01:29 PM

Calling all reiners!!!
Ok, so I've been working with my horse because I've started getting extremely interested in reining. I don't plan to show or anything, just want to do it and teach my horse how to do it, just to say I can basically lol. My aunts instructor is a pro reiner and she's actually giving me a lesson today with my aunt, I don't think it has anything to do with reining, just a little something to do other than sit and watch. So I have a few quesitons:

-Which bit is best used for reining? I'm currently using a tom thumb with the curb chain of course.
-Are there any specific saddles that should be used, I'm just using the new Flex Tree Trail saddle, mostly so I can get her used to it.
-Are spurrs needed? She leg yeilds like a dream, very responsive to leg aids so I'm not sure I need them or not...she's still learning to sidepass as well

I think thats about it for now, unless I come up with more questions (which will probably be as soon as I post this haha. I hate it when that happens)

Thanks a lot!!!

PechosGoldenChance 04-14-2010 06:06 PM

Well, I guess this post was a waste of time. I have a trainer now for free because I'm going to be her little "assistant" when she gives lessons to the little boy. She's the same one who comes to my aunts house and gives her lessons. I had a lesson with her today on my horse at my aunts house, and since I'm a college student and can't afford her, she's making me her assistant and I get free lessons. She is a professional reiner so I get to ask her all the questions that I would have bombarded all of you folks with lol. Any advice you have though is much appreciated.

nrhareiner 04-14-2010 06:19 PM

Well first Take that Tom Thumb bit and see how far you can toss it. They are not worth what you would get at the scrap yard for them.

Next. Saddle. Yes there are specific saddles for reining they are built to help you ride and cue a reining horse. However at this point what you have will work.

Glad you are working with a trainer. That will help better then anything. We can sit here and type books of info but it is better if someone who knows how to rein and can see what is going on can help you. There is so much that goes into training riding and working a reining horse it would be next to impossible to hit just a fraction of it here.

I like to use spurs as I can cue with less leg movement and that is what reining is all about. Looking like you are doing nothing.

PechosGoldenChance 04-14-2010 06:28 PM

Thanks for the information!!! I did ask her about the bits and stuff, and she actually said that the bit I'm using is what she starts her horses off with before moving to another bit. I've heard a lot of bad things about the tom thumb bit, so I'm not dissmissing your opinion about them. I totally agree with you when you say to throw it away, but as for now, thats really all I have, other than snaffles and I'm not too keen on them. As for the saddle she did tell me that there were special saddles, so I got that squared away, but once again, thanks for letting me know anyways!! I'm also glad I'm working with her, and you are right, there's way to much involved to just ask someone online. thank for the advice!!!

equiniphile 04-14-2010 06:50 PM

Also, if you do plan to compete, you'll need special shoes on your horse called "sliders" that help him with stops

PechosGoldenChance 04-14-2010 06:58 PM

equinophil: thanks for the tip. At the moment, I don't plan to compete at all, yet maybe someday I'll want to. So thank you for the tip!!!

equiniphile 04-14-2010 06:59 PM

No problem ;-)

nrhareiner 04-14-2010 07:39 PM

First I do not know of a trainer who starts a horse in a tom thumb and if they did they would see how fast my horses got pulled from their barn. Most every trainer starts in a snaffle bit. I still use snaffles at times with my finished horses if I need to work on something. If a horse can not go in a snaffle they you need to go back and do some more training.

PechosGoldenChance 04-14-2010 07:48 PM

No no, I'm sorry I didn't explain myself well. She doesn't first start a horse in the tom thumb, she uses the snaffle. When she moves up to a stronger bit, than she uses the tom thumb. I can ride any horse of mine in a snaffle, I just prefer the thumb over it because my horse listens better. I stated in a previous post, how she started breaking through the snaffle once I switched from the thumb to it for a while to get another horse on the thumb. She didn't majorly break through it, but there's just nothing like her with the thumb. I barely need to even use my hands with it and she listens and responds, and give like a dream to it.

nrhareiner 04-14-2010 07:52 PM

I have a feeling we are talking about 2 different bits. A true Tom Thumb bit I do not know any trainer especially a reining trainer who would even consider one it their list of bits.

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