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Horse Reining

Reining is the most popular western discipline and has hit the international scene in modern years. It is now governed by the International Equestrian Federation internationally and by the National Reining Horse Association in the United States. Reining involves riding a horse around a specific pattern using movements such as circles, spins, rollbacks, and sliding stops, all done at high speed. In addition to being a timed event, the horse is judged on the quality of the movements. Horse Illustrated‘s articles cover all about the sport, how to improve your skills, stories from those who participate, how to train your horse to do some of the movements, and much more.

Changing Riding Disciplines

The type of saddle you first sat in does not need to be your last. Changing riding disciplines can help…

1 month ago

Competing with Horses: Mental Preparation with Warwick Schiller

When competing with horses, there are a lot of things you can’t control. You can’t control the schedule. You can’t…

4 months ago

Guide to a Smooth Reining Rundown

To reach the point in the reining arena where you’ll slide to a stop, you must first build up speed…

5 months ago

Western Lesson: Reining Spins That Win

The horse spins to the right, then left, at a reining show. With his full body engaged and his hindquarters…

1 year ago

Dress to Impress in Your Next Western Show Class

You’ve been practicing your maneuvers and getting your horse ready to show off his moves in western classes. But now…

1 year ago

Master Sliding Stops in Reining

The sliding stop is reining’s signature maneuver. The horse runs at top speed down the length of the arena, and then…

1 year ago

Learning the Circle Slow-Down in the Reining Arena

  So much happens in the middle of the reining arena: The center spot often marks where to change leads…

2 years ago

Take the Reins: The Ins and Outs of 4 Common Types of Western Reins

Reins are the key to communicating with your horse from the saddle. Used to cue and control direction and speed,…

2 years ago

National Reining Horse Association Approved Reining Events Resume

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors is allowing NRHA-approved reining events to resume, beginning on May 1,…

3 years ago

National Reining Horse Association Recommends Postponement of Events Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19); Closes Offices and Staff Working Remotely

Following the presidential declaration of a national emergency due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) strongly recommends…

3 years ago