Im a reining trainer and have been riding training and showing horses for years now. If you look back at the history of reining the guys who started the sport did not have anyone to teach them how to be a "Reiner". In the early days reining had only 1 spin each direction and the pattern was created by the judge 30 minutes before the class started. Aside of that the guys on the west coast had a totaly different way of showing a reiner than the guys on the east coast. Having said that anyone can be a reiner and teach themselves to rein a horse through a pattern. It never hurts to take a lesson of two from someone who has been in it longer than you. Ive had people come out to take lessons and Ive learned more from them than they learned from me. They key to becoming a great reiner is to understand that you dont know everything. Listen to your horse and let him teach you his strengths and weaknesses. And no matter what if you get frustrated just step off. People say it causes bad habits but the truth is if you become upset and mad but continue on riding your horse knows your mad. The end result is a mad rider and a scared horse. Reining horse are true Vaquero style horses, if they become scared then their job will not be done correctly.
Last edited by SouthernTrails; 10-12-2013 at 12:09 AM.