Just starting out and need some help PLEASE - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By nrhareiner
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 01-04-2012, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1
• Horses: 0
Just starting out and need some help PLEASE

I hope you all can put up with me for a while. I am just getting started in reining and have oh so many questions.

I think I will start and probably stick with AQHA shows. This is to be FUN for me and the horse and to be very honest I don't care if I ever win anything just as long as it is fun and I don't make my horse look stupid.

One thing I am having a hard time with is a bit choice. I have a seasoned vetran horse. He was trained by one of the best and then passed around for a while due to no fault of the horse. I had him shown by a trainer when I first purchased him and lets just say that did not go as well as I had hoped, so asking this person for help will not probably get me very far.

I have bought books and DVD's to try to futher my knowledge on the sport and learn some of the ques I was lacking. We are still getting things figured out so to speak but my horse is a SAINT and just takes care of me and never gets upset or impatient with me when I screw something up.

I have been riding him in just a plain old snaffle, but from what I have read since he is not a young horse I need to move him up in bits to be able to show. He rides well in a snaffle and is relaxed and responds to ques. I am leary of putting to much bit in his mouth from a previous bad experince he has had at the hands of someone else. I want the horse to stay happy and relaxed and not fret someone will rip his face off. What is the least amount of bit I can get away with in the show pen?
I could ride this horse with a string around his neck so control is not a worry.
Thank You
GatorRed is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 01-04-2012, 08:04 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: N.W. Ohio
Posts: 5,344
• Horses: 0
There are many many bit choices out there. With showing an aged horse he will need to be in a bit. My reiners will work in any bit I put on them. Just the way there where trained. With out really knowing this horse I would start with just a 1 1/2 inch correction type bit and go from there. What it comes down to really is YOUR hands not the bit.
Nahvar4ever likes this.

-I'm so busy... I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse.
-An Armed Man is a Citizen an unarmed man is a subject.
-Where ever free speech is stifled Tyranny will reign.
nrhareiner is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 01-10-2012, 09:42 AM
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Saskatchewan
Posts: 39
• Horses: 1
Originally Posted by nrhareiner View Post
What it comes down to really is YOUR hands not the bit.
Yup, nrha hit the nail on the head, what is way more important is learning to use your hands properly and no videos can teach you "feel" you need to find someone who is really experienced in reining to ride with you to help you learn feel, and REALLY soft hands

I use a medium port , most people i show with ride with a correction or medium port. you would have to ride him in a few different bits to see which he works well in, but DON'T do this till you have someone to help you
RookieReiner is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Im starting over. BarrelWannabe Horse Riding 4 11-02-2011 06:54 AM
starting up again :) haleighxx Horse Riding 6 10-28-2010 04:30 PM
Starting in a bit. riccil0ve Horse Training 24 02-24-2010 07:19 PM
starting out. . ditzydoo Western Riding 13 12-11-2009 10:14 AM
Starting English... well, not 'starting' but... Britt English Riding 8 06-27-2009 01:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome