Originally Posted by RiddingRawhide View Post
I have a 4 year old Halflinger/Paint that I know would be awesome at reining. He's short & stocky, and he can gallop & stop like no other horse. I know what reining is, but I don't know how to get him to slide stop & pivot fast, he knows how to pivot, but he gets frustrated when I ask him to turn faster, and he will just lock up [ yeah, he's wierd ] . How could I teach him to become an awesome reining horse? Thanks !
Based on all this I'm convinced you don't truly know what reining is.
I'm not trying to discourage you like others have said but you can do some serious damage to your horse if you don't ask for the manuvers correctly.
You NEED a trainer IMO to learn how to rein.
Short & Stocky do not equate reiner, his actual conformation is more important.
Galloping isn't always a good thing. Can he go slow? Because that's just important. You don't go all out in reining unless you're going for big money. At most shows you run easier until you get to the big show you are trying to peak for.
And what do you mean stops like no other horse? Because you said you can't get him to slide, and a horse that is properly engaged and using himself and stopping very well can actually do a small slide. Plates are required for sliding, which requires a very good farrier who has experience putting plates on.
If he's locking up in a turn around he's not using his body correctly, getting stuck and uncomfortable and thus his reaction is to lock up.
Also in my opinion you can't "teach" a horse to be a reiner, they either can do it or they can't do it. You can definitely put reining basics on any horse, but it takes a special kind of horse to be a reiner. To do the reining manuvers it has to be pretty natural to a horse and they really have to have the "want" to do it.
Do you have any videos of you and your horse? That would be much more helpful.
From you original post it sounds like you need to do a lot more basic stuff before you are even ready to tackle the reining manuvers. Do a lots of loosening exercises such as stopping backing, sidepassing, half passing, turns on the haunches/forehands, move their shoulders around. Basically you need a horse that's extremely loose and supple, and if you're having locking up problems then you don't have a loose and supple horse.
I hope you don't take my post in a rude way. I've just seen far to many horses ruined because people have no idea what they are doing with regards to reining.