Reining

Q: When I ask my reining horse to do large, fast circles, he takes off and I can barely slow him down. How do I get back control? A: Speedy circles bring top reining scores, but it takes time for...
Andrea Fappani and Custom Cash Advance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Reining champion Andrea Fappani had to overcome a pretty big obstacle to get where he is today. At the age of about 3, Fappani’s...
Mandy McCutcheon and Yellow Jersey's ride in the team competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. The massive glass doors to the office of Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses open, and dogs, kids and Mandy McCutcheon step...
Watching reining horses as they execute precise patterns and slides in competition is breathtaking, but there’s nothing as dazzling as the lightning-fast spins they perform. The main goals in the spin are speed, precision and keeping the hind foot...
Q: I have a mare that pivots beautifully on the ground for showmanship. In the saddle, she will not pivot. Instead, she makes a tight circle. What can I do to make her pivot instead of circle under saddle?...
Watch Shawn Flarida and Spooks Gotta Whiz complete their winning run at the WEG 2014 individual final. Reining competition at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy came to its conclusion on Saturday with the individual final. For the...
With the conclusion of the team reining competition on Tuesday, the top 15 horse-and-rider pairs had earned their ticket to the individual finals. On Thursday, August 28, everyone else got another chance to compete for one of five extra...
If you like a good underdog story, this year’s reining competition at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy was not for you. The sport of reining got its start in the U.S., and American riders have dominated...

Neck Reining Tips

Carla Wennberg, coach of the 2013 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association reserve national champion western team from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C., offers some advice to help you teach and reinforce neck reining. Equipment: Remember...
  While neck reining is not necessarily a complex skill, it is one that requires basic training. If you want to ride one-handed, you need to make sure both you and your horse understand the foundation of neck reining. Carla Wennberg,...
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