12-28-2011, 07:55 PM
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Honey, I'm 62 and just started reining...I will be doing the "green reining" so you certainly won't stick out in a green class! That is the class to start with! Around here there are a few open shows that have reining classes, and the NRHA has "Rookie " Clinics during the year...You can get a lot of help at one of those...No you don't have to join NRHA to have fun with your horse, but after working at it awhile you might be able to go to one...competition varies...some greenies are good some, like me, come from different riding backgrounds...I did western pleasure and it was hard to get out of the "stay on the rail" training...anyway, I'm doing great now!..Don't doubt yourself! It takes lots of wet saddle blankets to get your horse ready and yourself proficient for reining..begin with circles, circles, circles, always look ahead and plan where you want to be , and if your sliding, he needs plates so he doesn't "catch" his hoof in the ground and pull something, and they will help him learn to get underneath himself...have fun!