Hey everyone! This is Peppy, my 15.2 hh 14yr old finished reiner. Out of Body English and Peppys Bloomers, like 90% foundation bred. Has Doc Bar and so on his bloodlines. He was given to me by my bf's aunt and uncle. He is very rusty so we are working on dusting off the cob webs. He wasn't ever reined hard, I think just shown a couple times. When the aunt and uncle had him up for sale at a barn the people were supposed to ride him and show him to interested buyers. But when they came to check on him he was completely emaciated. Anyway long story short I have him now. He is a sweet boy, and really fun to ride.
He has a KILLER spin, and a pretty nice stop. I have really gotten him to jog nice without his head up in the air. Loping wise we are a lot better. He used to have like no body control (been years since he was really worked), go around super fast, and not pick up leads well. Now he is slowing down, but still not easy to really control his body. I think its just that he needs more muscling. Also leads are not 100%. What I've been doing is lots of transitions (walk to canter, and back down) stopping and doing rollbacks to the other direction. It really seems to help him get on his hind and have him slow down. When I ask for a lead he doesn't want to bend, he fights me when I try and get him to do it correctly, he just wants to be a board. Does anyone have any tricks and exercises? I can't show until I have his lope under control, fast and slow circle, and flying change. I just want a nice relaxed lope, he's bending, supple, and easy to move him around.
I would love input on working on his lope, but I would also love to hear what you think of my Pepper. Pics arent the best, his mane has grown out since the pics as well. I want to learn about his conformation, how it matches up with what to look for in a reiner. I will put up some more recent ones as soon as I can. The last couple are for fun, they are from a photo shoot about a month ago. I also want to put up a video so you guys can see him move. Oh and his pastern angle is off because he had no heel when I got him, so the farrier and I have been fixing that. We were just able to take ofhe looks so much better.
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