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

 
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    11-21-2008, 03:36 PM
  #21
Foal
You could probably easily train him for both.. To me, a horse should know how to do both.. my mare does and I just absolutely love it! : )

He's Very cute!!! He look's like a perfect for both.

Good luck with him!!!
     
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    11-29-2008, 06:26 PM
  #22
Weanling
If he's got a good lead change and an attitude where he's willing to do what ever you ask without hesitation I'd certainly try to rein with him.
     
    11-30-2008, 10:42 AM
  #23
Trained
I have to slightlly disagree with your wording county. With enough time and practice ANY horse will have a good lead change it just takes a good trainer to teach them.
     
    12-01-2008, 01:57 PM
  #24
Foal
I'm coming from a slightly different direction, because we've shown western pleasure and reining for years (AQHA/NRHA) and we've got different horses for each of those events (a luxury that took us years to achieve, after eating a lot of beans and rice! LOL). And our reiners, while they can lope a slow circle, just can't compete against our pleasure horses in AQHA competition, and vice-versa. They're just different creatures, bred differently and thus physically and mentally capable of different athletic events.

Sometimes, we get a reiner that's exceptionally smooth and almost 'pleasure' like, but you can just look at them out in the pasture and identify which horse does which event, by their look and movement alone.

My advice to you is to let the horse guide you, as you get to know it and train it to a higher level. Some horses like to turn around, stop hard and rein in general. Some of them love to chase a cow and get moved into a working cow horse classification, and others love to move slow. Sometimes we get a royally bred reining horse that flunks out at the sport, and we move him into something else that he's both good at, and enjoys. One of our 'sure thing' reiners is now a dressage horse in New York? Who would have thought.

In short, we let the horse decide because over the years, we've found that if the horse is a round peg and we try to push him into a round hole, he doesn't love his job and in the end, isn't all that good at it (especially compared to a horse that's loving his sport!). You'll find out if your horse is a natural-born reiner, when you start to school him in the fundamentals of reining. The same goes for a pleasure horse. If you have to 'make' him into either one or the other, it'll never be the same as if you let him do what he's naturally good at and enjoys.

Have fun with your new horse! Congratulations on the new adventure. :)
     
    12-01-2008, 02:07 PM
  #25
Weanling
Sice he's only green broke right no it doesn't matter first get him bending and moving his shoulder putting his feet where you want him a good reining horse (my opinion) should be able to do a western pleasure class with no problem western pleasure is the basics or reining anyways
     
    12-03-2008, 04:33 PM
  #26
Foal
No matter what you're going to end up doing with your horse, yes, the horse should be completely broke. You should be able to maneuver exactly where each foot lands, and control the front end, his hind end and the middle section in between. He's going to have to be soft and supple and all of that is the same underpinnings of either discipline.

I like all of my horses (not just our reiners) to love to stop. When they love to stop, they tend to travel more collected and with their hind ends up underneath them -- a necessity in both disciplines (western pleasure and reining). So teach your horse that ... by being sure that when you stop, it's a true 'break' for him. We never (EVER) say whoa unless we mean to stop. Then when we say it, and the horse stops, there is always a break. At least two minutes ... which seems like 10 when you're sitting on the horse. We never pick up and start doing something else right away. Result? The horses end up LOVING to stop because it always means a break. They become hard, fast, and collected stoppers in no time. Try it -- you'll like it! :)
     
    12-03-2008, 06:01 PM
  #27
Trained
I say you try a bit of both with him. Find out which he enjoys more and go with that. He's not going to be an awesome WP horse and awesome reiner too, but you can definitely work on both with him to keep him fresh and learning.


...Apparently I spelled "reiner" wrong. I have no idea how to spell that. Is it even a word?
     
    12-05-2008, 06:16 AM
  #28
Weanling
He will look great no matter what he is in. Honestly, he wouldn't look bad in hunter either.

I love to watch a well trained reining horse, it is like a dance.
     
    12-10-2008, 12:57 PM
  #29
Foal
Thanks, everyone! I first began working with my trainer to perfect Dino at steering and being collected at the walk/trot/canter. We did a lot of groundwork and some riding. Now he's turning into a really nice WP horse with his slow collected gaits and head set. Thanks for the hunter suggestion. I'm hoping to ride him that way too!
     

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