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,...
Q: My horse doesn’t step across correctly with his front foot when I ask him to spin or move his front end around his rear. He crosses behind or steps on his other foot. I’ve gone back to the...
It’s no wonder the reining freestyle is one of the most popular spectator events in the equestrian world. Music, props and costumes are encouraged and bridles are optional. Check out this original Superman-themed routine that won Appaloosa stallion Ima...
From April 26-30, 2012 the Kentucky Horse Park was host to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, the only four-star eventing competition in North America. After the success of last year's Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup and Freestyle Reining World Championship,...

Four-Way Stop

Would you be able to stop your horse if he spooked and took off? "Most of us prefer not to jump off a running horse,” says reining champion Stacy Westfall. "Being able to stop is a huge part of...
First-time reining event contestants are eager to compete and eager to learn how to perform better. Reining competitions can be stressful, however, for even the seasoned competitor. To better prepare newcomers as they get ready for their first reining...

Go Bitless

At the 2009 Road to the Horse, a colt-starting competition in which three well-known clinicians are judged on their horsemanship techniques, Richard Winters made history as he rode his colt to victory—bitless. In the competition, clinicians have three hours over...
Stacy Westfall is currently one of the biggest stars on the reining circuit and is highly in-demand for clinics and demos. She skyrocketed to fame when this video of her winning ride at the 2006 NRHA Futurity went viral....
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