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What should I look for when buying a reining horse?

reininghorseQuestion: I have found a potential reining horse to buy she is pretty and sound but don’t know if she rides well enough. What are some of the things I should be looking for? I want to be able to do a few shows this year and be able to take clinics and lessons at a high enough level but not sure if she is exactly the horse for me. Am I shooting too high here?

Answer from April Reeves:
Guiding
The first thing to look for when you first get on a reining horse is their ability to stay between the reins. This means that you are able to guide them anywhere you want to go without hesitation or bulging on their part. Guiding is what a reining horse is all about! Does she lean to one side or the other? Are body parts pushing in or out as you guide her?

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