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  • Non pro reining bloodlines
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    07-12-2011, 03:23 PM
Good Blood lines to start with and conformation

I am new to reining and I do not have a good reiner. I have a QH gelding but he is getting up there in years and knows a lot of the basics but his arthritis is pushing me to get a reiner before I get really serious about competing. So I just wanted to know what are some good blood lines for a newbie and what kind of conformation should I look for when looking at a prospect? What are some major things to avoid at all costs when looking at a potential reiner? Thanks!
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    07-14-2011, 11:20 AM
Hollywood Jac 86, Great Pine are great non pro horses, Top Sail Whiz can be a good non pro horse. Stay away from likes that are historically cutting lines. Having then in there a bit especially if that horse is a reiner is not a bad things but I do not like to see a lot of strictly cutting horses in a reiners pedigree.

As to conformation. Typically a horse 15hh and under works best. You want a horse with low set hock and NOT at all post legged in the rear. Would rather have one just a tad cycle hocked then post legged. Good strong hip laid back shoulder but not too much. In the back I want a strong back that fits with the horse. I do not want one that is too short or too long although I have found that some of the best lines tend to have horses with longer backs so this is not something that really bothers me as long as it is a clean back and loin. The loin is more important at to the length then the back. I want a good strong looking athletic horse but not a lot of extra bulk.

When I go looking for a prospect I judge them more on how they move then anything. If they do not move like a reiner regardless of what their conformation is like they will not make a reiner.

Also it looks like you are fairly close to me. If you want some names of people who can give you a hand let me know.
    07-14-2011, 12:04 PM
Thanks for the info!! I am in Michigan but I'm really not in the market for a reiner just yet. I need to do a little more research and find a trainer in my area first- like north of the Bay city area. Thanks again!
    07-14-2011, 12:55 PM
You are with in a 1/2 hour of my trainer. He is in Saginaw. PM me and I can get you his info. Your best bet would be to get with a reining trainer and take a few lessons and go to a few shows. In Green reining you do not need to own the horse so you can use either the trainers horse or a friends horse to give it a try.

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