Does that mean I could ride him in a snaffle? I saw the measurement diagram you are talking about it is a... Shank bit? I'm not that knowledgeable about bit types. Truthfully, my guy is ridden bitlessly.
You're right I'm getting ahead of myself on the saddle!
Can you tell me about rein cues? Like for a sliding stop (I won't attempt one, it's for the sake of knowledge)
Do reiners drape the reins slightly before they give seat cues? I can't imagine there's a lot of obvious rein contact from what I've seen.
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We must have been posting at the same time this am. I am no bit guru, but my trainer used a full cheek to start the training in, then transitioned to a shanked bit. From what I know, if a horse is over 5 (I think) they have to be shown in a shank. That was what I was told.
Perhaps NRHA would weigh in on this and give an opinion, but about the only things I would think you could really work on without the advice of a reining trainer would be:
Get your horse stopping without any pressure at all on the bit, and get your horse really responsive to you. When you say (with your seat) stop-that means stop now-not in a step or two. My trainer has me reinforce that with immediately backing up most times we stop.
Make sure you can move the front, mid and hind both ways with your weight and legs.....sidepasses, turns on the haunches, etc.
Make sure you have great transitions to the lope from a walk and a standstill. Again-that means now, not a stride from now. Also at the lope, get your circles nice and round. Work on getting your horse totally adjustable (speed up and slow down) with just your weight (I also hum, which was how my trainer trained mine). Lots of circles, transitions (every couple of strides sometimes....)
DO NOT try to slide stop or spin without a trainer. It is super easy to screw up and not so easy to fix once they are doing it wrong. He also told me NOT to work on the rail.
Those things are just what my NY trainer told me to work on/do over the winter since I didn't have a reining trainer here in VA.