Originally Posted by MethowHorses25
Yeah, I see what you mean :) it sounds like a lot of fun though!! Working toward your goal is half the fun!!
You have the right attitude! It is much more difficult than it looks and requires physical ability in the Horse and mental discipline in the rider. Reining is different than most other disciplines because we don't have any external assistance. No cows, or jumps. Just a Horse taking cues from the rider and not doing anything the rider doesn't dictate. That takes a very specific temperament in Horse and rider!
Great advice to start with a trainer that has a lesson horse. I see people very frustrated when they start with a horse they "think would make a good Reiner". And the next step is to find an old pro that has been in the pen but might be too mentally or physically burned out to be a top competitor. Those Horses can teach you a lot. And it is a great break for them as well. Prices quoted were correct as well for here in SoCal.
It ain't cheap, but it sure is fun!
Best of Luck!