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post #1 of 16 Old 03-03-2012, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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Want to start reining!

Hey guys,

I have been watching a lot of reining videos on youtube and just fell in love with it. I've just been wondering if more work on the ground is needed or more work in the saddle is needed to get the horse used to changing leads. Any advice will be taken seriously and appreciated greatly. Oh yeah I don't know how to get my horse to slide stop either.

Thanks a lot!

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While ground work is good when you are first starting a young horse past that there is little work done on the ground with a reiner. You first need to be able to move every inch of your horses body before you really start doing any seriouse work with your horse in reining. If you can not control your horses body at each gait then you will not be able to perform the maneuvers correctly. This also goes for a flying lead change. The change comes from the rear so if you can not move your horses rear over at the lope then your chnage will be hit or miss.

As for the stops. That is something you really need a trainer for.

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While ground work is good when you are first starting a young horse past that there is little work done on the ground with a reiner. You first need to be able to move every inch of your horses body before you really start doing any seriouse work with your horse in reining. If you can not control your horses body at each gait then you will not be able to perform the maneuvers correctly. This also goes for a flying lead change. The change comes from the rear so if you can not move your horses rear over at the lope then your chnage will be hit or miss.

As for the stops. That is something you really need a trainer for.
OK thanks so much I'll have to look into it more and see where I go from here.

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Reining is very very difficult to do without the help of a trainer. It is really easy to teach a horse the wrong way to do something and is difficult to undo. It is even more difficult if you do not know how the maneuvers should feel, unless you have someone watching to make sure they are being done correctly.
As for the stops-more to it than there looks to be, including the shoes as well as footing that is appropriate, which many people do not have.

You can start by making sure your horse is really responsive, as NRHA said, and making sure you can move every part of that horse with your leg and very little movement of your leg and seat.

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Reining is very very difficult to do without the help of a trainer. It is really easy to teach a horse the wrong way to do something and is difficult to undo. It is even more difficult if you do not know how the maneuvers should feel, unless you have someone watching to make sure they are being done correctly.
As for the stops-more to it than there looks to be, including the shoes as well as footing that is appropriate, which many people do not have.

You can start by making sure your horse is really responsive, as NRHA said, and making sure you can move every part of that horse with your leg and very little movement of your leg and seat.
Ok thank you I figured a lot of training would need to be done, but wish it didn't take so long although i love working with my horse.

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It does take a LOT of training, and a surprising amount of attention to detail as you learn what you are doing, but if you find a good trainer, you are in for a heckofa ride! Reining , IMHO, is one of the funnest, most rewarding western riding sports out there, but I can almost guarantee you your choice in trainer (or lack of a trainer) will make or break you when you get started in this sport.
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It does take a LOT of training, and a surprising amount of attention to detail as you learn what you are doing, but if you find a good trainer, you are in for a heckofa ride! Reining , IMHO, is one of the funnest, most rewarding western riding sports out there, but I can almost guarantee you your choice in trainer (or lack of a trainer) will make or break you when you get started in this sport.
Thanks Adam, but thats the thing I wouldn't know where to start looking for a trainer where I'm from. I mean i know people who train riders to learn the basics but reining is beyond that. But does anyone have any personal videos of yourself reining that you would be willing to share?

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Here is the first place to look for trainers. It goes without saying, at least
i think, that you check and double check anyone you choose, Go to the shows, watch how they are with their horses, etc. There is one on that list I know, but you may actually be closer to someone in an adjacent state. In the east, in states like, for example PA, MD, NY and VA you may have to travel hours for a trainer. I am in central NY, my horse is in MD and my friend, who lives here too, has hers in PA.

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Oh wow, you get me thinking back to how I got to the trainers I am with now, and I wouldn't wish that on anybody. I am pretty sure I did everything wrong the first time 'round
franknbeans pretty much covers it. The NRHA trainers list is a great place to start. Shows are a good place to watch any potential trainer you may find, and (what finally worked for me) is word of mouth. I found my current trainers thru my farrier, I'm gonna owe him for life for telling me about them!
By popular demand, I have NOT posted any personal videos.... yet.... LOL
Although I have thought about trying to do a few vids this summer to see how helpful it would be for me to see things from my trainer's perspective.... Alas, another topic for a different thread.

Check out that list, and do some investigating, I'm sure you will find someone to get you going!
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I am in central NY, my horse is in MD and my friend, who lives here too, has hers in PA.
Ugh! And I thought my 59 miles one-way to get to my horses was bad, I think you probably beat me.
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