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    08-15-2011, 04:00 PM
Green Broke
would like to try reining...

Hey guys!!
So I'm really interested in reining and I'd like to learn more about it. I LOVE the spins and the stops and everything and I really wanna try sometime.
Cheyenne isn't a reining horse I don't think... But she can do pretty much everything I've put her up to so far. We have been working on english for the past month or so because I have a first jumping thing on Saturday, but I am eager to get back to my western riding and I will after this show is over. I should probably share some stuff about me and Cheyenne first.
I've been leasing Cheyenne for a year and I took lessons on her before that. I was even offered to HAVE her in April, but we had to turn down the (amazing) offer because we can't afford a horse.

Anyways, Cheyenne and I have a pretty good relationship, she follows me all around the arena and I trust her majorly. Like every partnership, we always have our ups and downs but we get over the downs quite quickly. Cheyenne can go english and western-jump, show, bow (not with me on her), trail, game (just started taking her to gymkhanas, she loves it and so do I), have ropes thrown off her, she loves cows, and whenever she feels me falling or something she stops and lets me hang off her and catch my balance. I can even stand on her back and she won't mind. Something we don't do is dressage.

Cheyenne is a Quarter Horse mare. She's 14hh and 24 years old but don't let her size and age fool you-like I said, I take her to gymkhanas and a couple times people have won reserve and high point on her even though she was never even trained to game.

About me-I'm not expirienced yet. I'm a beginner. Not pure beginner, but I'm a beginner. I'm 14 and I've been riding for 3 or 4 years. I took lessons for around 2 and a half years and then I started leasing Cheyenne in June 2010. I have been on trails, shown, gamed, and like I said, I'm going into my and Cheyenne's first jumping show on Saturday and I'm SOO exited!! I've fallen off a horse 3 times, Cheyenne only once: at a gymkhana on our way back 'home' I was late putting my legs forward and my back was introduced to a big metal fence. Wasn't nice. But that's okay.

So I'd just kinda like to learn about reining..anything you can teach me basically. If you have questions about me and Cheyenne or whatever then just ask :) Next week and once I know more about it I'd like to try working on reining and stuff with Cheyenne. What type of tack do I need? Like I have a saddle (I'm getting a new one soon though), but what type of bit and reins and that stuff. I have split reins and a curb bit right now. Cheyenne is wearing shoes on her front feet and not her back (that won't be changed because that's her owner's thing) right now. I have bell boots too, if I need those.
What can I start by doing or trying when I go back to western? Do you have any examples of good reining stuff (like youtube vids or pics or something)? Just kinda throw stuff at me haha (but this is going to be a 'nice' thread, we aren't going to bash other people because they do stuff differently or have a different oppinion and please be nice to me too if I show a pic of cheyenne and me or something please!! Haha, I'm a baby :p)

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    08-15-2011, 10:15 PM
Well, your not going to believe this but I tough my horse reining in a bosal.
If you know what that is :). I haven't tough her and Him! (missy and lucky)
Everything yet, I just started 1 month ago, I have a post on progress in reining, that'll tell you a bit more. And missy's twenty,! Im only 14 1/2. She's a welsh pony!
I know I'm a bit old to be riding a small pony but she jumps high, I have a fabulous time on her, but at the moment im spelling her. Oh and lucky is a stock horse. You may want spurs also to teach your horse to spin with the lightest touch. Also look on google for tips! That is still part of my learning! Good luck
    08-15-2011, 10:36 PM
Green Broke
Ok thanks, I'll take a look around :)
    08-16-2011, 04:58 AM
Reining is an incredibly complex sport. Much more than what it looks like from the sidelines and much more than can be explained through a paragraph of text.

Control of all the body parts is very important. Shoulder and hip.

Shoulder control as in haunch turns, shoulder-in, and counter arc with softness in the mouth, suppleness, and willingness or the horse. All of these are very important to get those flashy spins, circles, and rollbacks.

Hip control as in forehand turns and expanded forehand turns. These will build up to your flying lead changes. She should be very willing to move her hip away from your the second you lay your leg.

Practice walk to lope lead departures. So many people underestimate the difficulty of a good departure with the body nice and rounded, nose tipped, hip to the inside.

Getting the horse responsive to your seat cues for speeding up and slowing down. And also, stopping.

Getting that nice, fluid, melt-in-the-ground stop is not any simple task. Here really isn't a way to "Teach' a horse to slide. Getting them to work on their hinduarters is something that comes with a lot of work and many, MANY months and years of training.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

I don't want to try and discourage you from trying reining, because it is a wonderful and addicting sport. However, I will tell you that it is not a sport that can be learned without hands-on help from a trainer.
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    08-16-2011, 01:58 PM
Green Broke
^^ok thanks! It's not like I wanna perform or anything, it's just something I'd like to try :) Next week I'll get out my western saddle and get her responsive like you said :)
    08-24-2011, 12:49 AM
Green Broke
Had my first 'spinning' attempt today! Went way better than I expected! Cheyenne went quite fast to the right when I did spins on the hind quarters. She was a bit stiff to the left, suggestions for excersizes to free her up?
    09-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Green Broke
I see some people doing flying lead changes, how is that done?
    09-10-2011, 03:40 AM
I would just loosen her up through a lot of flexing. Depending on the cause of stiffness. Most of mine get stiff because...Well, their muscles are just stiff. Just like you and me, they are going to be better one direction than the other.

Flying lead changes are incredibly important. You cn't do a pattern without changing leads.

Lead changes are incredibly demanding of a horse and rider. Yet, I find them relatively simple in the ways of training. The simple method: Hip control.

Like I told you in my first post, do a LOT of forehand turns. Do them at the walk/trot. My gelding had never done a flying change in his life, but I got his hip really strong and by the time I asked for it at the lope he was a breeze.

But remember, a lead change requires shoulder control too. You have to change the flexion on both sides.
    09-10-2011, 10:57 AM
Green Broke
I'm planning on setting up some poles today that I can turn around to get her more flexible turns.

As for the lead changes, she can do it quite quickly when I go from a canter to a trot for a stride or two then bring my other leg back she understands to go to the other lead asap but we've only got a flying lead change once and that was when I was totally innexpirienced and I didn't know what I was doing, Cheyenne just did it herself on one of the corners of the ring.

Got it, forhand turns, that's something I can get ;)
    09-10-2011, 03:39 PM
Just do a lot of flexing and bending. Counterarcs are good. Standing flexed from a standstill, ground work flexing also good.

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