Originally Posted by xXBrutalxInterludeXx View Post
OK I don't want to sound rude or anything, but I can't believe you! What is the point inn buying a horse that is already completely trained (unless you don't know how to ride) and just sitting on their back looking pretty? I can't belive you would trade in your horse, companion, and friend, just so you can win reining shows.
I mean really?? I hope you seriously condiser this, before you make a mistake.
My mare was a barrel horse when I got her, and I manely ride english. I succesfully trained her to jump 3', do shoulder/huanches in, a little leg yeilding, and to be on the bit, not to mention flyinmg lead changes. Do you know how rewarding that is? If you trade in your horse, for one that already knows how to do all that stuff, you will most likely feel terrible.
I know if you do reining, you need a horse that at least has the ability to do it, but if your just doing small shows, I don't see why you would risk losing your horse, so you could get more blue ribbons. I would never trade my mare in, and when I got her she was 4 and green broke, and I had only been riding about 8 months. And now she can run barrels, do dressage, and jumping. And all this is so rewarding. Do you know why? Because we learned together, and tought eachother. And THAT is what makes a great partnership. Not getting a horse that already knows how to do EVERYTHING you ask it. What would be the point in that? There would be absolutely no partnership at all. However, if you don't have a relationship/partnership with Champ, and you do with this mare you are trying, maybe it would be for the best. But I just want you to remember, before you choose, that there is always way more to horses, reining, and showing, then blue ribbons. So please take that into consideration.
Again- I did not intend any offense at all.
First Reining is a very hard event to learn as your horse learns. If more people actually went out and got a finished reiner to learn on they would be much more happy in the end. A typical reiner will go through about 3-4 horses as they learn and move up.
Also unlike a lot of other events including H/J there is no lower level. Open shows do not have the footing and judging and most use 4H patterns that is NOT reining that is running a pattern which you can do in other events.
When you are showing reining in the NRHA even the Green as Grass classes they use the same pattern and judging system as every other class. There are no ground pole or X-pole classes to start out in. Only real change is in Green 1 you can do a simple lead change vs a flying lead change.
Also as she has stated she is training with an NRHA pro who shows. Which means she will have a good chance of going to NRHA shows which is great in all accounts that she has help and can go to shows with her trainer. Really helps a lot.
Now this is me putting on my SM hat.
Also even though it has already been mentioned. Read through the whole post and get ALL the facts before you start in on a person. If you can not say it nicely do not say it. That is different then if you can not say something nice do not say anything at all. B/C I really hate that saying. Just say it in a nicer way.