Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pickering, Ontario
The way my trainer talked to me about it was get comfortable in doing the reining on lesson horses and then when you are good to show buy a younger horse that will last you longer and wont be so ring sour. He said I could buy a been there done that horse but the demands other people have put on that horse, the up keep to trying to keep the horse sound and having a horse that will not cheat in the arena after doing the same thing for years is hard.
I bought Lionel as a 3 year old and paid more then 5k but he is a nonpro horse, no one else has ridden him but my trainer and he will be shown nice and easy this year at 4 by my trainer. Next year he will start me in green as grass and he should last me up to Rookie or NonPro and by then he will be 11 and will probably deserve a change of pace.
The best thing about waiting and saving the money to get a really good horse is you do not want to get a 5k horse and compete against a better horse and NEVER WIN. Not that winning is everything but why show when your OKAY horse doesnt have it in them to compete with the better quaility horses. You pay for breeding as much as you pay for training put on the horse.
Take lessons and learn, save every penny you can and your trainer should be able to find you something that will suit your style and goals when ready to show. As soon as you know how to ride a reiner properly you will be able to show any horse, its not like you need a year or more to get that horse and you show ready. I will ride Lionel after this show season is over (Octoberish) and be showing by May.
I know its hard to wait even if you know that's the best option. I day dream about riding Lionel all the time but only 7 more months or so.