09-06-2010, 06:34 AM
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As one who has just this year gotten a horse who I have started in reining training-I will tell you first hand-you have NO clue how complicated and intricate the cues are. I have ridden 40+yrs, mostly english, and decided to make a change. So, I had pretty good riding ability, and did not do this on a whim. I am fining that there are SO many little "rules" as the horse gets trained, so that you don't mess them up. Once they are messed up, it becomes twice as hard (at least) to train them. I have spent 5 afternoons a week (plus weekend shows) just WATCHING the trainer with my horse, and how he cues him, plus others with theirs, to see all the slight movements of seat and leg. It is very complicated, and as everyone above has said-not something you should try on your own. What you can work on is moving all 6 parts of your horse with your leg. (front, middle, back on both sides). You could probably also start teaching your horse the owrd "Whoa", so that when you say it, he does it-NOW.(just a stop. No sitting, sliding, etc) Back up after you stop, then when you start again, turn, instead of going straight. You could also probably start on getting your horse to do a large fast circle and small slow circles at the lope. Other than that, there is nothing I would do without a trainer. It is just TOO easy to screw them up-especially the spin, IMO. Also keep in mind, I am of the opinion that it takes lots and lots of time, practice and patience to have a good reiner. There are no shortcuts. You want them to do everything correct before they can do it fast.
Good luck and hope you can find a trainer to help you.