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    01-22-2013, 10:32 PM
Green Broke
Questions about size

My gelding is 4 and just reached 14 hands (late bloomer much?). He's not built like all the other reiners I see in big time shows and such, but he is bred to do it and is amazing at it. He certainly isn't the ideal QH, but he doesn't have any major glaring faults that would affect his soundness. Last picture you can compare the size between him and my other reiner (Playboy, the sorrel). Lol

Are judges going to be biased about a smaller horse? Maybe it's a weird question, but I am just curious..I mean, who doesn't hate going into an arena, just to be disliked before you make your run?:P
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    01-22-2013, 11:14 PM
Size does not matter as long as the horse can do the maneuvers. That is what the judges are looking at.
    01-23-2013, 01:54 PM
For reining I think I'd rather have a little horse than a big horse...
Don't get me wrong big horses can play the game too, but its harder to really get down in the dirt the farther away you are from it.
    01-23-2013, 02:27 PM
My mare is 13.3 and seven years old and she's a money earner and the judges all score her well, so long as she can do the things required of her, who cares how big they are?

She's on the left. The other horses are 14.2 and 15hh

    01-23-2013, 06:32 PM
Green Broke
I'm just wondering if that is something judges are biased on. I know A LOT of judges are going to be biased on something, it's human nature..
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    01-23-2013, 07:22 PM
Your last post was sortof my thought:

On paper they shouldn't. But in their mind it could go either way, I honestly think that your gelding's size might help them to actually pay a bit more attention since he isn't going to be a cookie-cutter type of horse.
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    01-23-2013, 07:35 PM
It is not about the size. The judges could care less how big or small the horse is. What happens is that a large horse will look different in the way it mores. It will be harder to see the definition of speed in the circles and the turns will not look as fast even though the horse maybe doing things as the same speed the size will make it look different.
    01-23-2013, 08:04 PM
No, most reiners are on the smaller size. A lot of them are just 14hh
    01-23-2013, 10:23 PM
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I think it is a lot more difficult to be competitive on a bigger than average horse. A little horse can spin faster and can really 'wad up in a ball when they stop. The only place they have trouble is in running the big fast circles. They just are not as fast and look like they're running all day in the same spot. [A lot of the little Shining Sparks look like Shetlands galloping. Didn't hurt them a bit.]
    01-26-2013, 11:30 PM
Nothing wrong with being little, some of the most explosive and highest scoring horses I've been on were the smaller ones!

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