Beginning Reining

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Beginning Reining

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    08-10-2014, 07:01 PM
Beginning Reining

I have a young quarter horse who has been bred for reining. I only ride him for trail rides as of right now, but I'd like for us both to learn more about reining.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I could start to work on with him that would assist in being able to rein much better later on?
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    08-10-2014, 08:41 PM
If you care about your horse, think again about "reining", especially if you do not have access to the correct facilities and trainers.

Many people are impressed by the work of professional reining horses and riders. This can be compared to being impressed by the spectacular performances of automobile stunt drivers on television and in the movies. In both cases, much work and preparation has been done to present these performances. In particular, the professional reining horses perform on specially prepared surfaces.

The sliding stop is probably the movement most imitated by non-professionals and potentially the most damaging to their horses. If you persistently slam on the breaks of your automobile to perform impressive sliding stops, you will spend much money replacing tires, breaks pads, and other parts. Attempting persistent sliding stops with horses -- especially when not done properly -- on ill prepared surfaces will cause damage to parts of the horse which cannot be replaced.
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    08-10-2014, 08:58 PM
I would second that. Reining is not something to embark on on your own. The maneuvers are intricate and it is far easier to teach them correctly the first the, rather than having to undo someone's attempt at it. And yes, you cannot "stop" just anywhere. The footing must be just right or you risk injury. You can work on getting your horse responsive to the aids overall…..that certainly will help.
    08-12-2014, 11:29 AM
Right, and I get that I wouldn't ever want to do it alone, but I just thought I would see if there is anything I can do that might help.... Pressing in one leg while turning...starting to neck rein... Anything like that.
Thank you, though! I'll just wait :)
    08-12-2014, 08:56 PM
Things you can do without a trainer would be suppling exercises that get horse horse soft, both vertically and laterally. Get the horse to move the forehand, hind quarters, and whole body off of your leg. Isolate the body parts. These things will help in reining, but will help your horse no matter what discipline you end up in.
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    08-12-2014, 09:51 PM
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^^ agreed.

Get your horse as soft and light as possible. Make sure he move all his body parts. Make sure he is balanced. Moving with impulsion.

If you can really educate your horse the battle will be half done.
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    08-17-2014, 11:14 PM
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Find a reining trainer and get set up for a few lessons on a old reiner. Do not try to train one on your own because you do not know what you do not know. I can guarantee that you will do everything wrong and your horse will learn every wrong if you try to 'DIY'. It just does not work.

Watch a trainer ride his/her 'green' horses. All of the early training is to keep a horse centered between your reins and between your legs. They cannot 'push' out or 'fall in' on circles or straight lines. They have to do circles and straight lines without any resistance and no perceptible aids from their rider. They have to carry their heads quietly and have to respond to speed control and guide without any resistance. You have to be able to get them properly collected with their shoulders up, their backs rounded, soft in the bridle and again, with no resistance. Until they do that, they are not ready to do anything else.

All of this early training is done two handed. They are not taught to do this using one hand until they are close to fully trained. It takes two handed riding to get their heads in the perfect position -- not too straight and not too much bend. When a rider is thinking this is done with one hand and neck-reining, it is clear that they have not even watched any reining training. That is where you need to start.

It is a lot of fun to ride a horse that 'broke'. A good old reining horse and a few lessons on him can teach you more than all of the videos and books out there.
    08-25-2014, 03:25 PM
Ride a reiner to make sure it's the event for you and your horse. Not all horses "make" reining horses even when possessing the bloodlines. Just as with horses "bred" for other events.

Most states have National Reining Horse Association affiliates. Tennessee has a great one and one of the best green reiner programs there are. I'm a past president from the creation of TNRHA and know that the program is a wonderful place to start.

The National Reining Horse Association also has a NRHA professionals page with lists of reining trainers by state.

Haul your horse to a facility for lessons with a recommended trainer. It doesn't have to be a reining trainer! Just a trainer who is well known for starting young horses-bending and flexing and some things you can do at home. The trainer can show you exercises to practice at home. And you may find if your horse is suitable for the western event and if you like it or not. No matter the final decision, your horse will have some great foundation training for whatever you decide. A horse very willing to bend and flex makes for a great trail horse-you never know what you'll encounter out there on a trail.

Good luck! It's a fun event. (Though I've always preferred NRCHA. Reining and cows both!)
    08-25-2014, 05:46 PM
I happen to believe that reining is a great foundation for many western disciplines. You end up with a very responsive, soft horse-if done right. So, I would never hesitate to put some on any horse. Sort of like dressage is a good foundation also.

NRCHA is more fun, IMO, but-some areas have more access to places to do it than others.
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    08-27-2014, 12:21 AM
Yes, I love NRCHA. Reining and cows. Can it get any better?? Lol

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