I have been having a ton of lameness issues with my AQHA all-arounder. We've only made it to a couple shows over the last two years and I think it's time for me to give it a rest for a while as far as hopes of showing him go. I'm going to continue riding him and enjoying him but he'll have to do something less taxing. I'm thinking about local level hunt (the pleasure division).
I am not done w/ the QH world though so I'm looking into either breeding or buying next year. If I breed, I have 2 mares to choose from (my sister in law has graciously offered her mare). I want to try reining. I have been wanting to do it for years but I've been really intimidated by it all. Everything is so fast and crazy but I think, with the right trainer, I could do it. Reining is supposed to be the opposite! A calm collected fast and very IN control!
I'm going to head out to a reiner show this weekend to watch and to hopefully speak to a trainer that I am interested in. It's an hour and a half ride from my house and I have to find out if she has horses that she teaches on because I don't have a reiner or anything close to one. School horses are the best to learn on. Training a reiner is a very delicate process! Plus you need a to get used to the maneuvers... a school master is the way to go!
There is another trainer that I left a message with that is only an hour from me. That trainer even does cutting, which looks really cool but also very intimidating. (I'm not scared - just intimidated). Cutting is WAY more intimidating then reining although I think it would be very fun!
It's going to suck being a beginner all over again but I am getting really excited about the prospect. I just want to hear... you know... what it's like? To start all over again? Yes. We did some basics, neck reining with two hands, "setting that head" and body control. After that we got into the maneuvers, not doing them full out but sitting to them and cueing the. When we got that down then we started to add speed to it.
Would I be able to maintain a horse at my house or would I be better off keeping it in training? Thats going to the depend on the horse. Some can, some cannot. Personally I plan on looking for one that can be maintained at home or with little assistance. I also hope to be able train my own... someday...
I drive an hour to my current trainer now by the way. I think that's about the closest I'm going to get to one. Hunter/jumper trainers on the other hand are a dime a dozen and less than ten minute away in 3 directions! If that's your cup of tea that is.... You must live by me then! Hunter/jumpers are a penny a dozen. There are 3 reining trainers with in an hour from me. One is about 45 minutes away, and they don't have any reining horses at the moment (but they advertise it on their website??). The other two are ironically 5-10 minutes away. I was taking lessons with one, stopped and she never called me back when I wanted to go back to lesson. Now I take lessons with the other, but again had to take a break due to school and $$$ (he was very understanding). If I I lose him I'll be SOL!