What is Reining?

Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse within the confines of a show arena. In NRHA competition, contestants are required to run one of ten approved patterns, included in the NRHA Handbook. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, roll backs over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place, and exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse. A higher score is obtained by increasing the "degree of difficulty" of each manuever.

(Credit: NRHA website)

The NHRA has prepared an excellent Tour Guide on getting started in Reining it can be found here.


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