I have a 12 yo Kt Mt Saddle Horse I want to use for reining (because, guess what, he might not trot but he sure can lope with the best of them).
Where do I start? Right now I'm working on giving to the bit, relaxing and flexing his neck, bending and leg yields. His big thing is he get's ahead of cues because he's super anxious to not do anything wrong. I'm pretty sure it comes from that %*#$@ trainer who worried the poor guy sick when he was so young. He's getting better with only a few days of it but needs a lot of time.
If I would be showing, it'd be open and/or 4-H events (I'm not sure if breed shows would have reining, but they do have trail and gaming). I'm not expecting him to slide or spin like the Pro's, but I still want him to execute correctly (not so much for speed?).