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post #1 of 5 Old 02-25-2011, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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How does one memorize the different reining patterns?

I just got a new gelding - he's by Starlights Wrangler & out of a Marthas Mega Jac mare. He's a 3 yo and is at the trainers. I am new to reining and am very excited about it, however, I'm totally intimitaded by trying to remember the different patterns. I have shown trail and horsemanship and have always used colored hilighters to mark my patterns. Any hints for reining patterns?
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-25-2011, 04:52 PM
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I have been reining for about 15 years. I could not tell you what any of the patterns are in full. I know what patterns are run in patterns and what ones I like and do not like but I do not have any of them memorized.

What I do is carry my rule book with me at the shows. You will know what pattern you are running before you even get there. They are listed in the NRHA site for each class at each show.

Each pattern follows the same pattern of what happens. What you do on one side you do on the other side. So you just remember what goes next. There are things that are always the same in every pattern. Ex role backs. If you are rolling back on the wall. You will always rollback to the wall. If you are doing the rollbacks in the middle from a run in pattern you will always rollback to the judge. If you know this then you will not have to remember it for each pattern.

Next lets take pattern 6 for an example.

You walk or trot into the middle of the arena. You hesitate/stop and then do your turns. First set is to the right and the second set is to the left. Then all you need to do is remember that the first set of circles is to the left which was the same direction of your last turn. There are ALWAYS 3 circles 2 are ALWAYS large and large is ALWAYS fast. Then one small and small is ALWAYS slow. Then change leads and do the same thing the other way. 2 large fast one small slow and change leads 2 large fast and 1 small slow. Next you will do your rollbacks again they are done to the wall. Then after that is your stop. If memory serves every pattern follows the rule that you back after your stop. Do not confuse your stop with the stops to the rollback. They are not true stops but a means to an end of the rollback.

The big thing is to remember where your hesitations are with in the pattern. This is the only time you can adjust your reins and such.

Just keep your rule book with you and read the patterns for the class you are going to do and do not worry about any other pattern but that one. Once you are done they go to the next one.

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Well, this may sound quite childish, but what I do, is I take a childs horse toy and I go over the pattern, therefore in-visioning myself with the horse doing the pattern
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I never found it much of a big problem.....In my mind, I only have to memorize half a pattern because it's almost the exact same on the differant rein.

The Equestrian team aptternf or this year is NRHA pattern #2. I like this pattern a lot.

You just go to the center, pick up the right lead. Lope a small slow circle, then two large fast circles, then change leads.

Now here it's easy. I know I do one small slow and two large fast on the other rein.

Now, sicne I haven't done any spins or stops yet and only one lead change, I know I still have those. So I know that changing leads is next. I always look over the pattern beforehand and I know I have to run down the centerline.

The first rollback is almost always to the right....I've never run a pattern where it's not. So I know after my first stop I have a right rollback, and the next stop is the left rollback.

Now I know what manuevers I have left: Third stop, back, and spins on both sides.

Now, being logical, I know the third stop is going to come first. And I know that it's not another rollback so I have to back up to the center.

Spins normally go to the right first as well. So I know I have four spins to the right, then four spins to the left.

Now on that note, I know a lot of people who are incapable of memorizing like I do with the "Half-pattern" method, but I know a lot of people who can do it so I figured I'd share.

What might help is open up paint on your computer or get some markers and draw the differant gaits/manuevers in differant colors.....

Good luck! Let me know if you need any help ^_^

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It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Originally Posted by CustomLegacy View Post
Well, this may sound quite childish, but what I do, is I take a childs horse toy and I go over the pattern, therefore in-visioning myself with the horse doing the pattern
I did this when I was still showing breed shows for pattern classes too (and I wasn't really young enough to be playing with them).

Another technique is to "ride" the pattern in your driveway or parking lot (or even in the arena if you want the extra workout from the sand) without your horse. Something about having the pattern on paper in front of you while you walk/trot/lope through it on your own feet and say it aloud to yourself really helps it to sink in.
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