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        10-14-2013, 10:09 PM
    The spin is definitely intimidating to some. I've had some horses spinning styles almost fly you off, but others who go the same speed will be a lot smoother. It really depends.
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        10-14-2013, 11:55 PM
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    A great horse, for 30k who you intend to show often, will easily win that back for you.
    If this is the case, I am in the wrong discipline. When you factor in entry fees, stall fees, fuel, and hotels, I'm lucky to break even after doing well at a show. This does not include the cost of a rig, a barn, feed, or vet care. Plus I don't haul with trainers. So very very few people make a profit off of horses. We do it because we love it though!
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        10-15-2013, 12:22 AM
    What a gorgeous horse smrobs, so good, must be worth his weight that one.

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        10-15-2013, 12:48 AM
    For some reason I can not see smrobs videos, but I was able to see the one Golden Horse posted. I agree with GH, that horse us worth his weight in gold!
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        10-15-2013, 12:58 AM
    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    It's important to find a horse so solid in their training that they will practically maintain themselves. I mean, any horse will slip after awhile, but something forgiving who is very correct all the time is a must for novices.
    This is true. An older horse who has been finished for years will generally not need tuned-up as often as a younger horse who is still learning.
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        10-15-2013, 10:59 PM
    CCH - Nope, you won't make money probably unless you go hard and show as a big name. However, you will go to a big show or a futurity and win a lot if you have a good horse.
        10-15-2013, 11:10 PM
    Originally Posted by CCH    
    If this is the case, I am in the wrong discipline. When you factor in entry fees, stall fees, fuel, and hotels, I'm lucky to break even after doing well at a show. This does not include the cost of a rig, a barn, feed, or vet care. Plus I don't haul with trainers. So very very few people make a profit off of horses. We do it because we love it though!
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    LOL, then you factor in I am a greenhorn living in Saskatchewan, and have to haul lots of miles to find the first outposts of civilization, let alone a decent size show
        10-16-2013, 12:02 AM
    Like I say, the horse may win it back, but you probably won't gain any on them.
        10-18-2013, 02:06 AM
    Do you want a horse you can learn from and have fun with and start with low-level shows? A horse you can do other disciplines with if you feel the need?
    Or do you want something you can rein to a high level and win lots?

    That will make a difference to how much you ‘need’ to spend or what type of horses you should look at.
    People get into the nitty gritty but for some riders, lots of these little technical things don’t really matter til you get to higher levels and the horse you start out with, make mistakes and learn from won’t always be the one you will want to take you to the top.
    Especially if you don't have the opportunity to ride a few reiners before you purchase one. You really need to have a good try at it before buying one.

    I have learnt so much on my gelding who I got as a 3yo – he only had basic reining training and I was completely new. We have started showing at the lowest level and it is so much fun learning together..
    Yes I could have spent $10-$15k to get an older seasoned reiner and I probably would have been competitive off the bat, but I chose the young one and it is very satisfying. I feel like I am learning more about the training side than just what buttons to push.

    When (if) I want to get competitive I will upgrade, but I didn’t ruin a $15k horse in the meantime lol.
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        10-18-2013, 08:01 AM
    How have I missed this thread for so long? I totally agree with deciding what it is you want to accomplish. If you just want to have fun with it, like I do, then you get one with the basic training (or in my case, put wayyyyy too much $$ into a nothing horse to get and then have a horse with a great handle no matter where you go......and I have shown him-I just don't like it so much, and the $$ it costs is just not in my budget. Around here-on the east coast, I know of NOONE who shows without a trainer....( which would pretty much make me one of a kind...) and in my area, trainers are hard to come by, so I do the best I can and enjoy my horse on a shoestring budget, getting tune ups where and when I can.

    My BO-completely different mindset-and budget. She has 2 $30K horses, ALWAYS has one in training, and spends probably $5K just on shows, and she only does about 5/year......but...with the cost of the trainer, hauling, stalls, adds up. Plus, her horse in training is 2 hours away, so she drives (gas $$) twice a week to ride.....just not my cup of tea. I would LOVE to have endless pots of $$ (honestly I have no idea how all these folks afford it!), and to live down the street from a trainer so that I could enjoy a "real" reiner.....but, not likely to happen. I guess what I am saying is figure out what will make you happy and fit with your goals. As much as I would want a true "reiner" at time....I love that I can take my guy anywhere, ride him out on trails, let him out in the pasture...etc, without having to worry that he will slide thru a fence, does he have his shoes, etc........

    As far as the spin-they say you get used to the speed. I am not sure I ever would get used to a really fast spin.....I do not like it, but then, as I have gotten older, stuff like that makes me really dizzy......
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