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post #1 of 9 Old 08-08-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Had my first reining lesson today!

And omg it was soooo much fun! I've been riding hunter jumpers for like 16 years, and wanted to try something different, so for my bday (which is a week from today ) my mom got me a reining lesson pack (6 lessons) It was soooo awesome, and so different. Its a really different feeling Im used to holding my horses head, keeping them collected, leaning slightly forward etc. Today I had to give up the horses head, lean back, steer with my legs more then my hands, it was just so different!

The little mare I was on was such a pip, she was awesome! She was this little 15.2h quarter horse, and she was built like a tank. I thought I would be to big for her, but man she carried me around no problem, what a fit and athletic animal she is! Her names Sally We worked mostly on getting a feel for how I need to be in the saddle, we worked on turning and circles at the walk, jog and lope and I started to learn how to do the spinning thing that reiners do. I even got sally to do a sliding stop... though not on purpose I almost ended up in the dirt, lol.

I can't wait till my lesson next saturday! Any other reiners on here?

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post #2 of 9 Old 08-08-2009, 03:53 PM
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LOL, bet your mum is please you had so much fun. What a cool gift. Did she go and watch you and take some photos? would love to see them if she did.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-08-2009, 07:08 PM
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That is such an awesome gift. I have fiddled with reining some but never competed or rode a horse that was trained only for "reining". Boy those sliding stops sure can catch you off guard huh? LOL. That is just too darn cool and I am sure that everyone would love some pix if possible (I know I would).

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-08-2009, 09:21 PM
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I'm working on getting a mare ready for the reining ring. She's got the natural inclination already, and is really even tempered. Her mother reins, and does dressage as well. I think it helps her in her reining and well, every other aspect of her training. Sounds like you had a blast - glad to hear it!

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post #5 of 9 Old 08-11-2009, 12:14 AM
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yay! reiners! I am working on training my little filly for reining... She already does it all, just needs polishing, lol, she knew it before I taught her. ha.

I. LOVE. SLIDING. STOPS! Love them. SO much fun. I also have a couple horses that were pro trained. At least for a little while. Ever heard of Ranch Horse Competitions? They're the peak of performance. Reining, cutting, and fence work. ALL in one. When you can get a horse to do that.... You can control every move that horse makes. Way fun. WAY fun. LOL.

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post #6 of 9 Old 08-11-2009, 04:16 PM
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I love reining. My aunt owns and breds rein/cow horses and when we went down there last year for christmas she bought me for lessons with her trainer, i had sooo much fun. I did the sliding stops and spins, the spins were awsome, the sliding stops were fun to except when the horse would stop after sliding i would lurch foward lol. I did alot of loping, ALOT of loping lol. You will have a blast, i want to do reining so bad.

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-15-2009, 10:45 PM
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Oh man....Your. Gonna . Be. HOOKED!!!
I used to be a hunter queen - then I rode a cutter/reiner. I have not sat in an english saddle ever again. Seriously!
Glad you are enjoying it!

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post #8 of 9 Old 08-17-2009, 02:25 PM
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sounds like you had fun and FYI the spinning things are turns on haunches
or spins lol
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-17-2009, 02:26 PM
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sounds like you had fun FYI those spinning things are turns on the haunches or spins lol sorry double post

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