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How do you spot a good reigning horse?

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    07-20-2010, 06:48 PM
Originally Posted by blink    
not fair
Life isn't fair. You want a cookie? That might make you feel better.
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    07-20-2010, 07:01 PM
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do want a cookie. And make it a warm cookie. I'm hurtin' pretty bad here...and don't forget the milk...
    07-20-2010, 07:05 PM
First you have to know that there is a big difference between a horse doing reining maneuvers and a reining horse. Any horse can be taught to some degree to do the maneuvers. That does not make they a reining horse.

That all being said. From the point a person says "hay I would love to try reining" and become competitive past the green/rookie level. These people will go through about 3-4 horses as they move up.

Keeping that in mind this gelding might be a good place to start. I tend to like my reiners more "UP". However for someone who is just beginning that type of horse would be hard to ride and learn on. So what you describe would not be what I look for in a reiner however it might be something I would look at for say a beginner who wants to compete and learn reining.

Next thing. Think about your budget. Reining horses can get very expensive. You ask why is that? Several reasons. One the money that can be earned showing reiners. Next is the training. It cost a lot to train a reining horse and usually takes about 2 years. SO you might be better off finding someone with a finished reiner and take lessons on that horse and see if you REALLY like it. There is no ownership requirements in NRHA for Green and Rookie reiners so you can take that horse and show if you like.

If you decide you like reining then think about finding a good older finished gelding to start out with. At this point I would not try and find a horse who needs to learn as you do. As you are not only learning reining but also how to ride. So a finished horse would be much better then learning with the horse.
    07-20-2010, 07:06 PM
Originally Posted by blink    
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do want a cookie. And make it a warm cookie. I'm hurtin' pretty bad here...and don't forget the milk...

I got you some but it looked so good it did not make it back to the computer. Sorry.
    07-20-2010, 10:20 PM
Good advice, reiner. Good enough that I'll overlook the cookie incident.

One challenge (among many) that I'll face is that I'm having a difficult time finding anyone in my immediate area that knows reining or has reining horses. I would have thought it would be more prominent in Missouri, but everyone I've found so far is a half-day drive away. Makes training a little tricky.

I'll keeping poking around, though. Someone might turn up.

    07-21-2010, 02:39 PM

Secretly, I want to be the language and grammar police. However, one of the reasons I avoid posting in usage, grammar and spelling peeve threads like the one currently going on in the "Things non-horsey people say" thread is that my particular karma dictates that as soon as I post a rant or peeve about some one else; I will make the stupidest, most public, boneheaded typo or usage error possible.

I'm pretty sure that there will be karmic retribution for me pointing out "reigning horses" to you; just wait for it. It'll be a doozy.
    07-21-2010, 04:03 PM
We share a common Karma - a Carmma of sorts!

I had just posted a link to a CL ad that used words like "guilding" and "foul" for gelding and foal in the "Hilarious things..." thread.

Then I turned around and got all tied up in my reigns...

It's poetic, really.

    08-09-2010, 03:54 PM
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.
    08-09-2010, 04:17 PM
Reining even at the green level is not something I would suggest going alone. There are a lot of really good and helpful reining trainers in Mi. That will give you a hand from just lessons to full training. I have been reining for 12+ years and still use a trainer for my horses. I find that there is so much to goes into making a reiner a true reiner that unless you can ride a lot of reining horses which over the years I have it is hard to know what you are looking for in the training. How something should feel if you have never ridden a really good finished reiner. So it makes it hard for a true beginner to know if what they are doing is correct or not. This is where a trainer comes into play. Even if you only take lessons you will know if what you are doing is correct and then how by that how it should feel. So when you go home and practice you will be doing it correctly. It is so easy to mess them up and so hard to fix it.

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