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post #1 of 14 Old 09-19-2013, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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can a thoroughbred do reining?

I was just wondering, can a thoroughbred compete in reining?
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-19-2013, 04:29 PM
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Any horse can compete in reining. I doubt a tb would be COMPETITIVE against a well trained, reining bred stock horse but any breed can do reining.
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That's a silly question, thoroughbreds can do anything! ;)
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Any horse can compete in reining. I doubt a tb would be COMPETITIVE against a well trained, reining bred stock horse but any breed can do reining.

Any horse can compete in any event the rider wants to and the horse enjoys.

Will you be taking this TB to the NRHA World Show? No, of course not.

But if you want to try reining with your TB and he enjoys it, why not? Nothing wrong with having fun with your horse.

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Ok thanks. :) I am thinking about getting another horse in the near future(next year or so) and I like thoroughbreds but I also want to do a little reining at local shows and stuff.
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especially if you went for a more stocky, short version, sprinter type. Here on the farm their are several different different types. There were dex, rosie, willy and Katie, all around 15.2-16hh, quick with big(er) hips. they would take to it naturally. Pi, diva, grace and crème are very leggy, and take a while to gear down and gear up. They are great trail horses, hunters, etc, but would not do well in a disapline that called for quick "gear changes".
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I would worry about leg injuries in a TB. They have such delicate legs compared to the QH's.

Maybe get an Appendix instead of a pure bred QH? Then you can have characteristics of both breeds.

I think a QH has a more natural inclination to do well in reining. My reining bred paint does sliding stops out in the field (even as a baby). My TB has never done a sliding stop in her life. My Paint couldn't jump to save her life, and my TB can jump the moon.

If a horse doesn't have the conformation or ability to do something, then they are going to be very unhappy if you ask them to do it.

I could not for one moment imagine my TB being happy as a reining horse. My paint will jump if you ask her too but she certainly wouldn't be very happy doing it very much. She certainly doesn't have the natural inclination to be a good jumper.

I think horses are like people, they have specific talents that they are best at.
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compete to win .. i would not try it. to do it for fun .. heck ya. any horse can do reining, dressage jumping etc. watch them when they are out playing, they can do all kinds of moves naturally. To excell in a sport , get a horse with the correct body build. a stocky quarter horse that can sprint is not going to out run the TB in a mile long race, and Tb wont win in a sprint..
(but there is always that one exception to the rule !)
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Mine would stop on a dime with his butt buried and do a 180 roll back with the best of them. Surprised the hell out of me as he'd never had that training. I was just messing around. He could spin like a top. My trail horse!
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Well I want to compete so maybe a quarterhorse will suit me better for reining.
Ok this might sound stupid but can you do slide stops on a soft dirt road with no gravel?
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