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Reining explained

Reining is a Western style of riding that demonstrates tremendous agility in turning, stopping, lead changing, and more. For these classes, the most advanced Western riders perform an individual, pre-assigned pattern from memory, demonstrating a variety of stops, turns, and figure eights in various speeds.

The emphasis is on the technical application of natural aids and the extent to which the horse accepts the guidance of the rider, remaining relaxed and obedient.

Points are gained for the neatness, despatch, ease, calmness and speed with which the horse performs the pattern and are lost for displays of resistance and disobedience.

© New Zealand Reining Horse Association 2004