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post #1 of 4 Old 08-23-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Have to own a horse?

Hi everyone! So I'm definitely going to try reining, it sounds like so much fun! The problem is that i don't have my own horse yet and might not even by the time i start showing (maybe) next year... I've looked on the NRHA website and they say you have to own the horse in ceratin classes. So just to make sure, i'm wondering which classes you need to own the horse to compete in it.

Also, for once i do decide to buy a horse, which breed(s) do you recommend for reining? I know Quarter horses are a big one... maybe Appaloosa's? Thanks for all the help!
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-24-2011, 10:43 AM
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You can show in Green reiner 1 and 2 and rookie reiner on someone elses horse. I would suggest a trainers horse. That is really your best bet.

As for breed. If you are really looking at being competitive then a QH bred for reining. Go and find an older finished reiner. Most likely it would be a gelding. That really is your best bet. Also a Paint as in APHA again bred for reining would also be a good bet. Paints are becoming more competitive.

If all you are looking for is to go and have fun and not be competitive then any horse with the proper training can rein. However keep in mind that if you are looking at having a horse trained over buying an older reiner the cost of training can get high and you are better off starting with a horse who will give you the best chance of getting a reiner.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-26-2011, 11:20 AM
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As above post stated you do not have to own your own horse in Green and Rookie, but you do have to own it, or a member of your immediate family to show youth classes. I also agree that an older experienced and fully trained horse is the best bet to have any hope of being competitive. It take alot of time and knowledge to train a horse to rein to compete in NRHA shows.

An older QH gelding, perhaps an all rounder who has been professionally trained is the safest option. That way you can compete in other classes as well.

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post #4 of 4 Old 10-12-2011, 02:43 PM
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Typically I've found that riding one of your trainer's horses for reining or owning are the best options. I haven't found any horses in my area up for lease who are reiners, not that that means there aren't any in Washington.

I just bought Sock to train in reining and I intend to do most of the training myself (since for me that's the best part AND I've done it before with other horses) while keeping a professional trainer in mind if we get stuck. Owning is the best way to do it in my opinion if you can afford to. Second would be riding a trainer's horse until you build up your skills enough to really compete.

Good luck! It's a fun sport and it's even more fun to amaze your friends with all of the neato things you can do with a horse! ;)
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