Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13
Hi some day(dont know when that will be), I'd like to do reining and I was wondering what I should look for in a reiner(conformation, personaltiy etc.) I wanted to get a weanling and do groundwork with it and train it the basics of riding and when it is old enough, send it to a trainer or get a trainer to work with me. Meanwhile, I would be taking lessons. So what should I look for in a potential reining weanling or yearling? Thanks!
In a weanling and yearling all you can go off of is:
How well did its parents and grandparents do in REINING.
No one past sire, dam, and their sires and dams matter. 5 generations back brings nothing to the table in a serious competitor of any sport. You want big names upfront otherwise the pedigree means nothing.
A PPE is a must, even in a young horse
Make sure there are no glaring conformation faults.
Make sure the horse is UTD on all aspects of health care.
You may also be able to get a feel for attitude and trainablity. In a yearling I think this is pretty possible, a weanling may be pushing it a bit because a horse that young changes so much as you handle them day to day.