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#1 KismetLover

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 04:58 PM

My mare was sent of for hunter pleasure training, but I've realized neither one of us is happy in it. Before I got her she had been sent off briefly for some very beginner reining training. I think she would be good at it and I'd like to try it with her. Can someone recommend a good trainer for me? I am close to Huntsville, Alabama and the closer the trainer is the better.

Also, is there a big difference between stock breed reining and Arabian reining? Will I need a trainer that specializes in Arabians?
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Posted 21 May 2009 - 05:26 PM

I've had these questions myself. I am not too far from you, in Middle TN, and I have recently learned of a few reining trainers (non-Arabian) in my area. I've wondered about the pros and cons of going outside of the breed. I'm thinking the biggest hurdle is getting past the Arabian stigma.


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Posted 21 May 2009 - 05:44 PM

If you guys are interested in an Arabian Trainer that does reining - check into my trainer, Christine Johnston at Iron Horse Farms www.iron-horse-farms.com. She is in GA, but totally worth the distance!!

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Posted 21 May 2009 - 08:12 PM

Eddie Ralston - Oklahoma

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 01:57 PM

most stock horse guys will not "bother" with arabs for reining - - mostly because they do not show at the AHA shows but at the NRHA shows. here is a link to the arabian reining assoc................ http://www.arha.net/
for sure, you want to find a trainer that specializes in working western and reining - it makes a huge difference in how the horse & the rider will learn and progress. plus these people can evaluate the horse for you and let you know within 30 - 60 days if it is really capable of doing this event. I would suggest contacting some of the better known reining trainers and asking them for names of people in your area. I used John O'Hara and found him very knowlegeable - - also Eddie Ralston.

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Posted 22 May 2009 - 04:42 PM

I agree that most NRHA trainers are not interested in showing at AHA shows unless you have a Scottsdale futurity prospect but I know quite a few that will and have trained arabs for reining circuit shows for their clients to show. A friend of ours has a trainer that actually purchased a couple prospects for Scottsdale. He has his QH stallion in training with anther NRHA trainer that showed at Scottsdale and at Nationals. If you want to have a trainer show your horse I would say stick with arab trainers, if you want to have a horse to show yourself I'd go with an open trainer who is close by and have them give you lessons as well. smile.gif
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Posted 22 May 2009 - 05:27 PM

I do not want a trainer to show my horse for me, so should I be ok going with a stock breed trainer? I just want someone to teach my horse and I reining. I would prefer to send her to an Arab trainer but it seems like that might not be an option. I will need as much training to this as she will because reining is all new to me and I can not drive many hours every week to go take lessons. I think the farthest I can send her is around middle TN. But thanks for the replies guys and if you thank of any more trainers please post them. smile.gif
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Posted 23 May 2009 - 07:00 AM

There is a trainer close to Auburn, AL that does reiners. Here is his website: http://www.twinlakes...m/services.html He has trained arabs in the past. Give him a shout. My sister sent a mare of hers to him and was very happy with the results.
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Posted 24 May 2009 - 06:34 PM

I work for Arabian reining trainer John O'Hara in Valley View Texas. He won the H/A Futurity this year at Scottsdale and has also been training my horses for about 5 years now. We have both QH and Arabians with him and I would like to share with you what I have seen in the NRHA reining world. Putting an Arabian in a QH reining trainers barn is generally a very hard experience for the horse. I would never do it. Way too harsh.
John understands how to train Arabians and H/A horses. He showed my purebred stallion to a regional championship last year and has done such a good job with him that my husband who has been riding reiners for about a year is now able to ride this horse and got a reserve and a TT in Scottsdale this year. Can't say enough about John as a horseman. Most of our clients are from out of state but trust John with their horses without any concerns for the welfare of the horses. And they definitely get trained. I guess that is why even in this economy we have a full barn (30 stalls) and have a waiting list. He is great for amateur owners. johnoharaperformancehorses.com

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Posted 27 May 2009 - 05:50 AM

Here is another barn that has an ad listed on the allbreedpedigree site for training:

for those of you who might be in Alabama or Tennessee. 2 professional trainers to start your horses right. we take all breeds and have experience in cow horses, barrel horses, hunter jumper, racing and trail. one of our trainers is a licensed race horse trainer. We have a 1/2 mile training track. access to a covered arena and trails. young ones started slow using more natural methods. feed, hay and upkeep included in price. price depends on type of horse and purpose. fee's starting at $350 for basic training. i am a licensed race horse trainer and have barrel raced under Martha Josey. the other trainer is a guy from Fayetteville TN he has multiple wins on reining and cow horses. We have partnered up and have had alot of success so far!
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I don't know this group, but might be worth a look? They are in the Ardmore, AL, about 20 min from Huntsville and 20 min from Athens.
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