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Cody demonstrates four ways that he will back a horse in a circle to isolate different body parts in the back, check for brokenness and help them to learn to back better.
Cody works a two year old that came from a cutting program that needs helps learning the difference between a reining type turn with forward movement and a cutting turn with backwards movement.
Cody works Brooklyn after a week off post Snaffle Bit Futurity and fine tunes areas of the reining to prepare for the next show. She was sensitive to his legs and wiggly so he works on hooking her to a circle so he is able to give her more responsibility.
Cody works a 3 year old that was started as a reiner and is still a little too green to show at the futurity. He is working on lead changes in a different way because the horse is very sensitive to leg pressure and is a naturally wiggly horse that has a hard time getting straight.
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THE HANDLE.

Reining Fundamentals

Watch Cody Patterson and Emily Sgarella take you through every aspect of training a young reining horse. The same exercises used on high caliber futurity reining horses are needed in the ranch versatility, cow horse or the trail. Most often what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is horsemanship. And this series takes you through all aspects of developing the willing handle every horse needs.

About the Trainer

Emily Sgarella

NRHA Professional, Emily Sgarrella grew up in the heart of the West Coast stockhorse tradition. She developed a passion for higher levels of horsemanship from the start. Later seeking out the help of some of the west coast’s top horsemen and later one of the east coast’s top reining horse coaches. Emily has developed a solid program based on correct horsemanship and developing a willing partner in the show pen.

About the Trainer

Cody Patterson

Cody Patterson is an NRCHA professional and California native who developed a deep appreciation for the cowhorse traditions of the west coat. He spent 12 years working for several of the NRCHA and NCHA’s top trainers, both in California and Texas. In that time he has been fortunate to add several titles to his accomplishments including the 2014 Limited Open Bridle Reserve World Champion, 2015 Limited Open Hackamore top ten World Finals, 2015 Limited Open Hackamore Regional Reserve Champion, 2017 Heritage Days Classic Futurity Champion, and 2019 Limited Open Hackamore top ten World Finalist. Cody started his own business three years ago and now operates out of the Best Kept Secret Ranch in Blanco, TX. He believes in creating a program that teaches a horse to try, be happy and willing to do its job, and still perform at a high level.
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Cody works to progress Brooklyn's rundowns by building confidence and correcting any problem spots. 
Cody demonstrates a lead change exercise that helps with a horse who tends to be quick and strong in the face. 
Cody explains an exercise he uses to develop the stop on a green horse by using the arena wall instead of pulling on the reins. 
Emily talks about the steps she takes to teach a young two-year-old to be soft and confident while using his hind end to stop. 
Cody explains an exercise he uses to teach a green horse to hunt the turnaround. 
Cody teaches a green two-year-old gelding, by Highbrow CD, to stay balanced and pick up the correct leads. 
Cody uses Dakota, a two-year-old gelding by Highbrow CD, to talk about driving the shoulder and creating self-carriage and form to prepare for the turnaround.
Cody teaches Stoney, a two-year-old stud colt by Call Me Mitch, the turnaround. He uses an exercise that keeps Stoney's shoulders elevated and keeps him straight and forward while learning the turn. 
Cody uses Denali, a two-year-old filly by Catty Hawk, to explain how to help keep a horse's shoulders elevated while using the guide to teach the turnaround.
Cody further talks about how to develop the stop on a green horse. He explains how he wants to develop a horse's try by having the stop be a pressure release. He also demonstrates an exercise to teach a horse to use its hind end during the stop. 
Emily refines Penelope's fast to slow down transition. She explains and demonstrates an exercise she uses to teach Penelope to stay soft in her face and body during the transition. 
Cody uses Brooklyn to demonstrate how to go about teaching the fast to slow transition to a horse who has a tendency to be heavy on the front end. 
Cody uses the fence to work on two-year-old Dakota's side pass and body control. He explains that bettering these two maneuvers will help to improve Dakota's lope and turnaround. 
Cody talks through fencing and rundowns on three-year-old Pam. He also addresses any necessary tune ups he encounters during these maneuvers.
Cody uses Dakota to demonstrate an exercise to teach a horse balance and to not lean while loping circles. 
Cody shows a drill to help a horse take a pull in a turn and get sharper following their nose.
Cody works a five year old mare that's green in the hackamore.
Cody talks through strategies to help a horse that gets strong in a lead change or resents your legs when asking for the change.
Cody shows how to set a two year old up for success when introducing the lead change.
Cody works a 3 year old that was started as a reiner and is still a little too green to show at the futurity. He is working on lead changes in a different way because the horse is very sensitive to leg pressure and is a naturally wiggly horse that has a hard time getting straight.
Cody works Brooklyn after a week off post Snaffle Bit Futurity and fine tunes areas of the reining to prepare for the next show. She was sensitive to his legs and wiggly so he works on hooking her to a circle so he is able to give her more responsibility.
Cody works a two year old that came from a cutting program that needs helps learning the difference between a reining type turn with forward movement and a cutting turn with backwards movement.
Cody demonstrates four ways that he will back a horse in a circle to isolate different body parts in the back, check for brokenness and help them to learn to back better.

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