From cutting to reining....
I have been showing in cutting for the past 3 years, I purchased my horse 2 years ago, and he is a finished cutter, but I believe he has had a tiny bit of reining training as well (one of his previous owners was a reiner). He has a huge stop, and can spin so fast it makes me dizzy. Anyways, I am contemplating the thought of not showing in cutting after this season is over in September...I would like to take a break, cutting is getting very expensive, and I'm just not a huge fan of the competition aspect of it and going to shows all the time (I get really nervous).
So, I've been brainstorming what I could do with my horse if I'm not cutting. I will stay away from any penning, sorting, etc activities that involve cows as to not mess him up as a cutter, but I want to keep riding him and keep him busy and in shape. I have a reiner friend who has an awesome indoor arena down the road from me and always invites me out there to ride, so thats an option...I'm sure he would teach me a few things.
Anyone have experience turning an ex-cutter on to reining? I wouldn't be getting very competitive with it, but just wondering if anyone has experience with transitioning a cutter to do some reining. I know it's possible! I just don't really know much about reining at all, so still on the fence as to whether this would be a good activity to try out with my horse! Any input is appreciated :)