What is Reining

It hasn’t been very long since Reining was added to the disciplines that make up the United States Equestrian Team, and it was a featured event in the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky.  If you have not seen a Reining Horse run his pattern, you are missing out!  Across the country the premier Reining events are drawing larger and larger crowds. This is partly due to the excitement that Reining provides for the participant and spectator alike.  

With precise patterns that include small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs, 360 degree spins done in place, and “the hallmark” of the reining horse, the exciting sliding stops.  Often called the “Dressage” of Western events, Reining is the ultimate blend of horse and rider, combining speed and maneuverability through a series of intricate patterns.  Reining requires the horse to be responsive and completely in tune with its rider and its cue’s.  Cues and commands should not be easily visible. The reining pattern is judged on the how willfully guided the horse responds and its ability to perform the required movements.