Talk To Me About Reining

I miss having a horse. I am thinking about doing a care lease on a nine year old PB Arab who had a year of reining training and competition. He didn’t do too well in competition because he was intact and more interested in the ladies. He was gelded at age 7.

He has not been ridden in two years. No fault of his. His owner was in a car accident. He has been getting fat in pasture.

I know little about reiners. Are they super broke? What could I expect out of this horse?
Sheilah

Most of the reining stallions I am around, you have to look to see if they are intact.

One thing to know is that whoa means stop. Not slow down. Stop. He may or may not know neck reining, depending on what age he was shown. Arabs and PB are more likely to have shown in a snaffle first before one handed in a curb.

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He was shown in a snaffle. I have worked with him in the round pen and he responds to voice immediately and when he stops, he really stops.

I really like him. But worry that he is too much horse.
Sheilah

Depending on where you are, can you take some lessons on him with a trainer? Just to learn the buttons?

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He may or not be too much horse, reiners, like so many other performance horses, come in all kinds, some suitable for top trainers, some that can even carry a junior or green as grass rider around carefully and not work so hard they can’t manage.

Best as already advised above is to take some lessons, so you AND the horse won’t be confused with each other, so you know how to ask and guide the horse you have.
The trainer you use will also then evaluate the horse for your skills, if he would fit or indeed be “too much horse”.
You don’t want to be over horsed, is hard on your confidence.

Try NRHA for names of reining trainers in your area, shows to go to talk to them, see what they recommend:

https://nrha.com/findapro

Best luck forward.

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Yes. In fact, I can board and train with the trainer who started him as a reiner and competed him at Scottsdale. He is local.
Sheilah

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Thank you. This is so helpful.
Sheilah

Wow, that is a great opportunity!

Most people that get to ride a nicely trained reiner tend to fall in love with how light and responsive they are, once they learn how to ride them.
Even if they never ever again ride any reining movements, that lightness carries thru to all else we may do with a horse, tends to make better riders out of everyone that tries it, showing a new level of communication they before had not experienced.
It does require a properly trained reiner and it seems you lucked out with access to one. :star_struck:

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I have my fingers crossed. So many things will have to align to make this work.
Sheilah

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Instead of reining might I suggest Western Dressage?

It’s more available and far more user friendly for both horse and rider. Check it out

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Just agreeing that if OP doesn’t want to do reining, OP doesn’t have to do reining. Maybe horse didn’t really like reining either, and that’s why he was always looking around at the ladies. (And that ain’t over til it’s over. My mid-20s Arab mare fell off the trailer ramp because she was checking out the real estate at a group trail ride on a particularly inspiring day.)

Arabs are so smart that they can learn anything.

I contacted the trainer and spoke with him at length, which helped me then talk with the seller at length. I decided that this horse was way more horse than I wanted or needed. But it did solidify the idea that if I get another horse, it will be another Arab.

Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge with me.
Sheilah

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