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There's a woman I know who does reining, and trains also. She put me up for a spin (literally) on a reining horse, and it was fun. Well, I've been looking to send Cowboy in for training to finish his lope 100% but, he's $600 for a month. Working for min. wage, it's HARD to gather that money. I have one third of what I need to send him into training... for one month 8|

The woman is considerably cheaper, and she's done very well in reining. So I'm almost considering sending her to him. I would have almost half of what I need to send him to her. He's a quick learner, and I think he'd like the challenge of reining - he's a great pattern horse, as long as you don't rehearse it 8| Then she also has discounts. Every month equals a $25 discount for the next month of training. Not much, but every bit counts.. And I'm much more likely to make $450 a month as opposed to $600. Don't get me wrong, the guy is WORTH it.. He's been to APHA and PtHA worlds, and has won.

I kind of want to try something new, and she's also well rounded as far as jumping, dressage, pleasure, etc. And quite honestly I've seen the reining horses 'downshift' and they could do a pleasure class too.

I'M SO CONFLICTED!!! Some advices would be appreciated. It's those darn youtube videos!
 

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Being a reiner I am always going to vote for reining. There is so many fun and nice things about it. Once like you said many reiners can slide literally and figuratively into many other events with ease.

Also in the area you are in there are many reining (NRHA) not to fare from you. So there is an out let with the possibility of earning some money back.

Good training is never a wast and if this trainer is good then it is money well spent no matter what you end up doing with your horse.
 

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There are lots of PAC shows too around here, so he could earn points without having to go to reining shows, and he carries himself much like the reiners do very naturally. I am in a great spot for shows, with Michigan, Ohio, Central Indiana and Illinois only a hop skip and a jump away.

The only issue I'm going to face is shoeing. I won't have anyone else touch my horse after the guy we've been using - he's just been ace every time. And I know sliders are more expensive. I'll cross that bridge when it comes!
 

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I would go with the girl!! IMO a well rounded trainer is great!haha and ive always wanted to do reining... so im going to vote for the one i like best! ;)
 

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Hehe, I'll always vote for reining. It is so much more rewarding and if its cheaper on your wallet then it'll be worth it. And yes, a lot of reiners could cross into WP as well :)
 

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Well, March 15th is 'the date' XD It's all settled. The way I see it, is that I'm going to have a nice western pleasure horse next year - my colt who is born and bred for it and has the perfect personality for it - and then when he gets older, I won't have to juggle or decide which one I'm going to show in what class. \o/ Everyone wins. Tuff gets the easy, pokey job... Cowboy gets the challenging job being the intellectual that he is, and gets to have some freedom of movement.

I'm going to keep a video diary of his progress n___nb
 

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so wait.......what? Your sending 2 horses in? one for WP and one for Reining?
 

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No. Read the post again. I clearly said 'Next year' I will have an awesome WP horse, which will be my colt who is a yearling ATM.
 

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so you chose WP even though everyone said reining? what? I am confused.
 

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-facepalm- No.

Well, March 15th is 'the date' XD It's all settled. The way I see it, is that I'm going to have a nice western pleasure horse next year - my colt who is born and bred for it and has the perfect personality for it - and then when he gets older, I won't have to juggle or decide which one I'm going to show in what class. \o/ Everyone wins. Tuff gets the easy, pokey job... Cowboy gets the challenging job being the intellectual that he is, and gets to have some freedom of movement.
Hint: Cowboy is the horse I'm sending in for training.
 

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The horse she was originally talking about is going for reining training.

She has ANOTHER horse who is younger, who is going to go for pleasure training next year.

Make sense?
LOL That. I wasn't going to spell it out. I believed it was clear enough XD
 
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