08-09-2010, 02:54 PM
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Sounds like exactly the point that I'm at in riding as well...I'm an advanced beginner who has trained several horses on the basics, but beyond that I'm lost. I've never had "pro" lessons on anything, I've just had some experienced horse friends that I've learned from in the past few years. I started riding when I was 19 and am now 21, and just bought my first horse. She is 15hh, short legs, short back, and getting to be very stocky. Even on the trail, around the house, etc. she turns on a dime (plants her back legs and spins on the front). She's very versatile, good confirmation, etc., and I think she'd excel very well with reining IMO. I've been researching for the past couple weeks as much as I can on reining and I'm falling more and more in love with it. Some of the horses just drop my jaw watching them move around the arena. Now on the other hand, I'm not a show person, definitely just a backyard rider kind of guy. I don't plan to take myself or my horse to a professional level, just maybe some fun local shows. I, like you, can use all the advice I can get from the basics up through the finished reining horses. I have had several people tell me that I should send my mare to a trainer for reining, but it's something I'd like to tackle myself. Whether it takes a year or five years to make her into what I want her to be.