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  • How long does it take to train a finished reining horse

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    06-27-2012, 09:36 AM
Originally Posted by eeo11horse    
Can anyone help me with my original question?
No. You're simply not qualified to train a reiner.

I wish people would be honest about their abilities and skill sets, instead of thinking they're some amazing wunderkind because they've learned to ride on already trained animals.
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    06-27-2012, 09:42 AM
If you are determined to try this, then you will probably need to get with a local reining trainer to show you the ropes. Explaining the mechanics of training a proper turn, stop, or rollback would be almost impossible in a forum setting. Good luck! Everyone has to start somewhere :)
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    06-27-2012, 09:45 AM
I never said I was a "wonderkid", actually I never said much about my riding ability so there was nothing to be dishonest about.
    06-27-2012, 10:11 AM
The things is I can tell you all the mechanics of each maneuver but the fact is until you actually can feel them for your self and know what is correct and what is not all the words and videos in the world will not help you. I know I thaught I could train a reiner too back in the day. My stallion has paid the price. He is a nice reiner but not as good as he could have been if I used a trainer. Now IF I want to show him again I will have to fix all the bad things he has learned.

I am now after over 15 years of breeding and riding reiners working on finishing off one of my mares. Things is she has a very good start with my trainer. Do not think I would have even tried with out that start. I know the machanics and the feel. Thing is there is things you do for each things the horse does and you need to know what each is and what to do to correct it.

If you really want to train your horse at the very least go and take a few lessons a month on your horse with a REINING trainer so they can help you work on what is needed. I know I have had offers to do this with a very good reining trainer who is closer to me then mine is and I plan in taking them up on it as some point.
    06-27-2012, 09:02 PM
Turning around into a spin: your horse has to be very flexible to ever learn how to spin. At a walk, Start with bending the horse in a circle and as your horse crosses over in front, take another step forward, always keeping the horse flexing in the direction of the spin you want to go into. Repeat and repeat and repeat.
There are many ways to teach the horse to spin and this is a long process and the greats say speed will take care of itself and believe it or not, it does.
Stop, a lot of trainers use fencing and this is something that will help the horse get down into the ground as they say. I cannot ever imagine trying to explain this to anyone unless you're both on a horse.
The turn around is the same for that matter. Trying to describe either in writing would be very difficult. Reining is difficult for a person to learn and it is no easier for a horse to learn.
there are some videos on you tube that explain some of these concepts. I hope all goes well with you and your horse.
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    06-28-2012, 09:46 AM
I had an Al Dunning dvd set that was really neat and showed a lot of maneuvers, what things can look like good and bad, and some training techniques.

It wasn't a how-to-do training video, and its not something that can take a started horse to finished reining horse but; it might help you when talking to an instructor, or watching other riders or your trainer. It gave me a good understanding of the 'lingo' and what my trainer was talking about when she was explaining what she wanted. I still had no idea how to do it, or what it felt like, but it gave me a mental image of what it was... if that makes any sense
    06-28-2012, 04:01 PM
I have been taking reining lessons on a finished mare to learn how to do the maneuvers correctly.
    06-28-2012, 04:07 PM
I have been working on bending and flexing a lot with him to get him more supple. I have been practicing simple turnarounds one step over at a time, but he seems to be stuck on this- I can't gain any spped I really have to walk him through it, I guess I'll just have to keep on with that. For stopping; he stops wonderfully from a canter with just a whoa- I'll try fencing. Thank you for the advice.

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