Our philosophy of reining horse training at Seth Ingram Performance Horses begins by waiting to start the training of our reining horses until sometime between the age of 18-24 months. By easing into competitions, by the time they reach the age of three, horses are ready to compete at more mature levels. Futurities are competitions for horses that have reached the age of 3.
The Path to Competition in Reining Horse Training
Unfortunately, if you are planning to train your horse for reining competition, it is not a good idea to also keep it as a working horse on the ranch. With the competitive nature of reining, it is critical to dedicate the athlete to training as you would gymnast. Since these are elite competitors, if you are serious about training, it is often a good idea to leave your horse with the trainer. However, there are different levels of competition. While an elite level requires more focus, a horse in occasional competition may only need a weekend in training.
Futurity competition is a commitment because it is mentally and physically demanding. Horses selected for this path begin their training at a young age. Their musculoskeletal system must be in excellent condition to handle the intense challenge of athletic training. Just like an elite athlete, these animals are worked for different times and different periods, depending on the needs and abilities of the horse.
We are always looking to do the best for the horse.
Individuality is Key to Effective Reining Horse Training
It is important for a trainer to be knowledgeable about the limits in working their horses in order to prevent injury. Our training program includes fundamentals to maintain a sound horse not only during training but also during competition. As a result, our training schedule triggers aerobic and anaerobic pathways used during the reining competition. Trainers work to develop programs that are unique to the needs of each horse. Our fundamentals build on the maneuvers used in reining patterns at a pace specific to each individual horse.
Delay Reining Horse Training to Improve Athletic Performance
Waiting to start horses until they are about the age of two is the best way to prevent lifelong injuries. Most horses have developed bone density by age two. Allowing them to work out for short amounts of time each day helps horses build up their strength to compete in competitions. Working on certain exercises that build to each maneuver of the reining pattern also helps train horses to eventually compete at higher levels of competition and be successful.
It’s important to understand each horse’s individual limits to prevent injuries while they are maturing. In addition, there are other things you should know in order to ensure the most competitive, healthy reining horse in your barn.
Selecting and Raising Your Reining Horse
We can help you select a yearling that provides the best confirmation and soundness. We look for good reining bloodlines that will prove beneficial in your horse’s future. Horses that board with us receive the perfect proportion of premium feed to our proprietary mixture so that they have a strong, healthy muscle to fat ratio.
We also ensure our trainee horses are properly trimmed to prevent long-toe-to-low-heel conformation. We provide a soft riding surface to allow our horses to change directions quickly and speedily without slipping. Of course, deep sand practices are kept short due to the added strain it puts on horses. All training keeps the best health and future of the horse at the forefront at Seth Ingram Performance Horses.