You've found lots of ads for reining horse for sale in your local horse publications and online advertisements and now the fun begins!
Buying a reining horse can be a pretty big investment of time and money although the rewards are wonderful.
Before looking at that horse for sale there are a few key points that buyers should keep in mind.
For non-pro, rookie and beginner reiners it's a really good idea to get professional help in finding just the right horse. If you’re currently working with a coach or trainer the best way to find a reining horse for sale is to let them select a few for you to try.
Your trainer knows your riding ability and goals and can save you a lot of time and even the possible financial heartbreak of buying the wrong reining horse.
In most cases the professional will take a commission from the seller for their advice and expertise (and it will be well worth it) and you should discuss this in advance with them so that there are no surprises. An added bonus will be that if they helped you find and buy your reining horse it means they believe the match will work and will be happy to help you!
Even working with your professional you want to be an educated buyer when you see a reining horse for sale.
·Look for a horse that is already doing what you want to do - in other words don't buy a green horse to learn with (that almost never works out) or a horse that is not talented or trained enough to compete in the division you are currently qualified for.
·A reining horse should be bred to rein or have cow horse breeding. There are sometimes exceptions to this but those are rare.
·As well as being bred to rein they should have the confirmation to rein – that’s to say a reining horse with a short strong back with a level top line has an easier time doing their job (which usually translates into being happier in their job and that brings us to the next point...)
·Your reining horse should have a personality and temperament that fits you (this is where your coach or trainer can really help you evaluate the horse – they’ll know what works with your particular personality and strengths and where you need a bit of help). If you’re a real type A then teaming you up with a type A horse would not be the best match.
·Have fun and don't rush! Look at a variety of reining horses for sale; and buy the best horses you can for the money you have to spend.
·Ride every horse that you think could be a good match and videotape the horse and your ride if possible.
·Once you’ve narrowed it down, have a vet examine the horse for soundness. Reining is a strenuous and athletic sport so your reining horse has to be physically capable of doing his job.
·However don't dismiss an older horse or one with minor issues that can be maintained. If the horse is perfect in every other way then maybe it's worth it if they have just a little something to deal with.
·Don’t get caught up in color. Your horse can come in all different shapes, sizes and colors so keep an open mind!
·And finally, don’t forget to keep getting the professional help. Lessons, coaching and training will help you have those winning rides! Even Tiger Woods has a coach!
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