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  • The mechanics behind a reining spin
  • How to make a horse spin reining

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    02-07-2011, 11:51 PM
The Spin

I want to teach my mare how to do a decent spin by April. I am NOT looking for a reining competitive spin, just one that is quick and looks decent.

I entered the Wind Rider competition at the Midwest horse fair and if my horse and I do well at the preliminary level we get to do a freestyle pattern. Since spins typically generate a lot of excitement I wanted to add it to my pattern in I make it to that level in the competition.

So I would like to know the basics of the spin movement and how one can go about training it.

I don't have the financial means to go to the reining trainer. So please don't tell me too.

Thanks in advanced

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    02-08-2011, 12:58 AM
Ok, well, i'm not that great with words when describing things sometimes and spins are one of those times so I will tell you, a REINING spin is a FORWARD movement. So start off walking a tight circle, with your horses head tilted slightly to the inside, when she is moving forward and paying attention and not trying to lean out (assuming she neck reins?) lay your outside rein on her neck and outside leg on her side and open your inside rein when teaching her and keep your inside leg completely off her side to not confuse her. Once she gives you one solid crossover walk her out of the circle. Let her walk a few steps then start your circle in the same direction may take time before you get even one spin, it's hard for them but make sure she gets a solid crossover before letting her walk out or your going to teach her to crossover wrong or kick her hind end out preventing a pivot or whatever. Someone else might have a different way and not agree with me but this is how I was taught...and here is a video of larry trocha you can watch.
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    02-08-2011, 11:56 AM
First thing is can you get the horse to spin doing ground work? If not then I would start there. If you get them to do it on the ground, it will make it allot easier for you when you get on their back.

Groundwork- I put a video together for a buddy of mine... youtube search champ7724.... Once you get that both ways then do it with the bridle on them... hold the reins drive them into the spin.... I will try to get a video of this. This will also help you understand the mechanics of the spin, so you know what you need when you are on their back..
    02-08-2011, 02:30 PM
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Dashforcache- LOVE those videos and Larry!
    02-08-2011, 06:34 PM
Ya, I figured I would put my 2 cents in and then show how it was done because I really enjoy his videos as well thanks!

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