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    02-07-2010, 03:16 PM
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What kind of abuse goes on in reining?

Things that are specific to reining (not harsh bits, overuse of spurs, starting horses too early, etc).


I decided I wanted to do reining because a) it looks fun, and b) it looks much more natural and humane than most other disciplines. But I'm not that educated in the matter... I've boarded at a reining barn for the past year, but I've never even gone to a reining show or visited another barn. I've been taking lessons on finished reiners for the past few months, while simultaneously taking lessons on my mare to get her started in reining. I've done everything with her training up until this point, but my trainer is going to start training her himself in March.


But anyway... Is reining actually as humane as it looks?
     
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    02-07-2010, 03:30 PM
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Green Broke
It used to be pretty bad but now they have certain rules. No harsh bits after your ride you have to present yourself to the judge and take out your horses bit to show that it is one of the legal ones. And you are working on your horses natural movements.

overall it really is more human than many other disiplines.
     
    02-07-2010, 03:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Roperchick    
it used to be pretty bad but now they have certain rules. No harsh bits after your ride you have to present yourself to the judge and take out your horses bit to show that it is one of the legal ones. And you are working on your horses natural movements.

Overall it really is more human than many other disiplines.

Cool, thanks for replying : ]
     
    02-07-2010, 03:38 PM
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Weanling
I have heard it can break them down over time especially if they are too big for it. Wether that's true or not I don't know.
     
    02-07-2010, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by paint gurl 23    
I have heard it can break them down over time especially if they are too big for it. Wether that's true or not I don't know.
That makes sense, and probably has a lot to do with them being started so young.

What do you think "too big" is? My mare's 15hh, which I know is on the large side for a reiner.
     
    02-07-2010, 04:28 PM
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Weanling
I don't think 15 hh is too big to be a reiner. I've never done reining but id love to try it! It looks like a lot of fun!
     
    02-07-2010, 04:36 PM
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Trained
I think "abuse" reates to all disciplines of the Equestrian World - the question is, what kind of a person are you, and are you willing to put you or the ribbon/trophy before your horses wellbeing?

If you are someone who puts your horse first, then there wont be a problem :) Unfortunately, there are far too many who put winning first and use their horses as an object, not a living creature that it is.

Horses break down due to conformation not compatable for the sport they are being asked to do, all the time - regardless if it is Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Reining, Barrels, WP and the list goes on - riders have to be educated on that matter, and listen to their horses when they say "I can't do this"

Cloud, you seem to be a big hearted, careing person for those around you and your horses - I don't think there would be a problem, if you want to venture into this sport, then do so - you are intelligent and strong enough of a person to defend your horse, yourself and your horses rights.
     
    02-07-2010, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I think "abuse" reates to all disciplines of the Equestrian World - the question is, what kind of a person are you, and are you willing to put you or the ribbon/trophy before your horses wellbeing?

If you are someone who puts your horse first, then there wont be a problem :) Unfortunately, there are far too many who put winning first and use their horses as an object, not a living creature that it is.

Horses break down due to conformation not compatable for the sport they are being asked to do, all the time - regardless if it is Jumping, Eventing, Dressage, Reining, Barrels, WP and the list goes on - riders have to be educated on that matter, and listen to their horses when they say "I can't do this"

Cloud, you seem to be a big hearted, careing person for those around you and your horses - I don't think there would be a problem, if you want to venture into this sport, then do so - you are intelligent and strong enough of a person to defend your horse, yourself and your horses rights.

Thank you : ]
     
    02-07-2010, 05:02 PM
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Green Broke
I agree with MIEventer. You seem to be the type of owner who does not believe that the few minutes of suffering is necessary to win your prizes, you seem to genuinely care about your horse and want to try something fun and challenging. I think you guys would be great in reining.
     
    02-07-2010, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
I agree with MIEventer. You seem to be the type of owner who does not believe that the few minutes of suffering is necessary to win your prizes, you seem to genuinely care about your horse and want to try something fun and challenging. I think you guys would be great in reining.
Thanks! I definitely care about her. She's been a happy trail horse for her first two and a half years under saddle, and if she doesn't like reining we won't do it anymore. I'm not doing it to win the NRHA championship - I just want to try something new.
     

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