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        04-13-2013, 01:46 AM
    Oh jeeze, I've been on the wrong end of broken bra straps! Trying to casually hold my right hand under there so it doesn't fall off...LOL!

    Reining is a blast. I grew up on reiners and still work my barrel horses like they are reiners. I don't know if I ever will give up my reining, even though I do focus on the speed events. Every now and then it's fun to get back into my show pen.
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        04-13-2013, 01:51 AM
    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    Forget the darned paperwork or stay up and do a red eye all night!!! Go to that clinic!!!!! Aaaarrrgggghhhh!!!!
    LOL, having already turned down taking Ben to a video show on Saturday, or an English schooling show on Sunday, there was no way that I could go and do a clinic tomorrow.

    It has been a case of bad timing, but sometimes real life gets in the way of play
        04-13-2013, 10:47 AM
    Go to the clinic. Have you ever seen anyones grave stone that said I sould have stayed home more to do paper work? I find I get more done when I go out and have fun. Gives me more reason to get all the crap work done.
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        04-13-2013, 01:18 PM
    While I totally agree with that thought, it is also the case that when the bailiffs come and take your stuff, the cry of "But I was at a clinic and couldn't do my work" doesn't get any sympathy
        04-13-2013, 03:49 PM
    Ya I can see that. I am just the type to stay up 5-6 days it there is something I want and need to do and get done. Have done it several times when I was driving. No rest when there are things that must be done. Cost $5K an MIN. For every min you are over/late. Promoters hate that.
        04-13-2013, 03:57 PM
    LOL, if I had known at the start of the week I could of made it work, but no lead in time makes it difficult

    New question, out of randomness while I was waiting for my work computer to boot this morning I was searching for sales listings for reining Arabs, I was surprised to see that the three I found listed were rated as 1 for temperament.

    Made me wonder what you actually need for a good reiner, rather than one who can complete a pattern, there must be a balance between a horse with explosive energy to get the pop you need, combined with a very tractable temperament, that will respond to your cues immediately.
        04-13-2013, 04:12 PM
    Maybe one who doesn't question you. I know a few who wouldn't do more than a couple of run- Downs to a stop then ask " what do you want ..run...or stop???
        04-13-2013, 04:19 PM
    I personally believe that its the way a reining horse is trained that makes it just walk out of an arena on a draped rein after completing a pattern. Obviously temperament and genetics help. But there seems to be a lot of mind games when training a reining horse.

    Making the right thing to do easier than the wrong thing - like when I ride I leave sliding until the end, and as soon as I get a good one I get off my horse, that way he associates doing a good slide with stopping work, therefore he WANTS to slide. Same with spins, if the spin goes wrong I ride him out the spin and and make him work in hard circle then spiral it back down to the spin and release my aids, therefore being in the spin is easier than out - its a place he wants to be.

    A reining horse has to have a good attitude and a good work ethic. Has to handle going from fast to slow, sliding into a stop from a gallop to standing on a draped rein. I love a well trained reining horse because to me they are true examples of an obedient level headed horse that can be trusted.
        04-13-2013, 04:20 PM
    Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
    Maybe one who doesn't question you. I know a few who wouldn't do more than a couple of run- Downs to a stop then ask " what do you want ..run...or stop???
    I was totally thinking about that this morning, that would be Willow, "Make up your **** mind woman, left right, run, stop" followed by "Screw you, Oh look pretty butterfly"

    Ben would be, "canter again? We just did that, time for a rest"

    Emmy is smart, smartest horse I have ever owned, but likes direction, and is certainly light on her feet and handy.
        04-13-2013, 05:57 PM
    GH....notice something? Muppet and the other reiners obviously haven't dealt much with " the free spirited arabian horse"....
    But it was a serious statement. I started a youngster once, longed him. Two laps, then he handed me the longe and said" you run in circles, I'm not stupid".
    I would really like to hear what people who trained reining Arabs say about what to look for and what to avoid at all cost. I can imagine training one is not without problems. Too much pressure and they freak, too little and they " dance on your nose" as we Germans say.
    I think somewhere along the line of Muppet's approach....?

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