Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
Ya know, I went to our local county fair yesterday to enter a pencil sketch that I did and ended up staying for a hour or so watching the reining competition.....it was very very interesting and a lovely surprize as I didn't know it was going on. Now remember that we are a small county and there were only 3 adults and 5 kids entered and no one did those fancy spins and sliding stops but it was very interesting none the less to watch these folks handle their horse and complete the pattern. They all looked like they were having fun! I had never concidered reining becasue of the super fast spins and looong sliding stops but its something that has recently perked my interest. It was all about the folks handleing their horses and you can teach Jarred how to neck rein (if he doesn't all ready) and to follow a flatwork pattern. Lead changes & turnbacks are you wanting to compete?
Sorry if I'm rambeling about reining...It looked like fun and somthing that myself and kids would enjoy doing without having to be top in the world
due to my 'roots' I sometimes accidentally go to neck rein. He kinda responds but then isnt really sure if he's doing it right lol especially when he's been taught that left rein pull/pressure means turn left :)
And yeeeeeeeeeeees, im wanting to compete :) I want to do reining, and slide stops and spins and anything else there is to do :) its like I've had an epiphany of late. For the last ten years I've ignored how I was taught to ride and fancied it all up with dressage and SJ but its not really me. Me and horses is...adrenalin, freedom, excitement...i know its more than that but I remember riding when I was young and the excitement and adrenalin I got from riding far surpassed anything I can do english. The trainers I have been searching through are all reiners. I think that's where my passion is standing at the moment. Wow! All of a sudden I've regained the passion of a 16 year old lol I can't wait to saddle my sexy jarred up in all his western glory...ill show all those quarter horse people what a wb can do LOL just kidding. Im keeping a positive attitude here ;)
*pictures jarred in all his western glory* he will be such a shame to his family. All eventing champions and the rebellious jarred takes the high road with western riding. I can see it in the equine news now: '8 year old trakehner stuns the western world with perfect sliding stop' hehehehehe