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  • Can u train a horse to so western pleasure and reining?

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    10-31-2008, 03:33 PM
He's definitely a little guy at only 14.3h. I'm hoping he will grow a bit but I don't need anything huge. He does point his toes and he is a slow mover. He is not very collected at this point because he still needs some training. I also think he's totally cute! He's also very loveable. When I first met him, I walked up to him and he laid his head on my shoulder... love at first sight for sure!
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    10-31-2008, 03:54 PM
Do both!!! He would be perfect! I love him!!!
    10-31-2008, 04:14 PM
Haha, thanks!

Both!? Oh boy!
    10-31-2008, 04:28 PM
You'll be fine!!!! Go for it!!!
    10-31-2008, 07:15 PM
I say because of his side to reining or cutting the thing is a reining horse can do pretty much anything!
    11-01-2008, 11:17 AM
I'm training my mare to do both. Make him as versatile as possible!
    11-01-2008, 08:55 PM
My horse is typically a western pleasure horse - we focus on that most. But, I do do some reining occasionally and do well. :) Of course, his 'spins' are more pivots than anything, his 'run' is a quick lope, and his 'sliding stops and rollbacks' are stop and pivot a 180 lol but still! I have fun with it and so does he. Some people though have issues with seeing western pleasure horses doing reining. I've heard people call it a mockery, which is complete bullcrap. >.>

But yeah. I say go for both. Your horse looks like and sounds like he'd make a nice little western pleasure guy. :) My horse is only 15h but we do just fine. From what I've watched, it doesn't seem to me that in western pleasure bigger is better. In huntseat/hunter under saddle, yeah the tall leggy ones tend to do better, but in western pleasure it seems to be more go slow and collected than anything, not height. :)
    11-03-2008, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the suggestions! I agree the more versatile the better! I am going to train him for Western Pleasure and then move forward with learning Reining as well. He already sorta does a slide stop and a pivot. It's really inspiring to hear so many people do both with their horses too!
    11-12-2008, 03:02 PM
Originally Posted by Painted Ride    
whats stopping you? Train him for both!!!! Can you let us see him?
I have to agree with Painted Ride!

On one side IŽd say, go for pleasure because I love Pleasure^^
But on the other side IŽd say got for Reining because of its pedigree

Do both ^^
    11-20-2008, 05:22 AM
If you can handle doing both, then do it. If the day should come when you have to sell him, a well rounded horse will bring much more. Plus they are more fun to ride. I always enjoyed a horse that could place in a WP class, go win the reining, run the barrels in record time, and then be in the money at a team roping. I love versatile horses, can you tell?

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