What is reining?

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    08-07-2010, 04:10 PM
What is reining?

Well as soon as I can im meeting my local western trainer and he's hopefully going to help me break in my baby western style which is unusual in the UK but what I want :)

I love the look of reiners but I am just wondering what the english equivalent of them is? Sorry if its a dumb question... Is it like dressage? Trained to produce manouveres- I.e. Sliding stop or something completely different?

Im guessing trail horses are horses who hack out? Or is this wrong and I know what barrels are....

Sorry if its a really stupid question, im learning

Sarah :)
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    08-07-2010, 04:14 PM
I would say the english equivalent to reining is dressage.
    08-07-2010, 04:26 PM
Sounds good... What exactly is it all about? Training certain patterns and perfecting them? I know what I mean but I can't explain it. I love it and I want to try it with my gelding although he's not a quarter horse, will this matter?
    08-07-2010, 04:31 PM
Im not sure exactly how to explain reining, its like showing how well your horse is trained, how responsive it is and how in tune it is with its rider. Horse should be able to be guided with close to no resistance in the pattern. Pretty much anything the rider asks for the horse should be able to do.

What kind of horse is he? Any horse can do reining but not a competitive level. Reining is a good base training for any horse in my opinion. But depending on the breed of horse you own, you may or may not be able to be at a competitive level. How tall is your horse also?
    08-07-2010, 04:35 PM
He is 15hh and not broken yet but im breaking him western which is unusual in my area (UK).

He is a thoroughbred x welsh section d :)
    08-07-2010, 04:40 PM
NRHA Defines reining as a horse who is willingly guided with little to no resistance.

I many ways it is like Dressage and in many way it is different. It originated in Ohio USA as a way to show cow horses without a cow and went from there to what you see today.

Trail riding is just that finding a nice quiet trail and enjoying the ride. There are some that do it competitively but for the most part it is just about enjoying the outdoors and your horse.
    08-07-2010, 04:46 PM
Thanks very much :) I really want to get into it... How would you start off a horse doing it? My boy is not broken yet but he'l be broken western so anything I shoul do from the start?
    08-07-2010, 05:41 PM
When I start a young horse I spend a lot of time on the basics. I want the horse to move every part of its body with as little cue as possible. I spend a lot of time on this. Before the horse even gets worked much past a walk this is what is being worked on. Do not worry about loping at all at first. Get the horse walking and push them around not just the hip but shoulder mid section both directions then up to the trot and do it all again at the trot. The horse should be able to side pass do leg yields and so on.

I do not stop my horses from loping if they wish but only for a few strides then back down and keep working. I also work on teaching the horse to follow its nose. All this basic work will pay off big time down the road. Do not get in a big hurry spend time getting these things down well.

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