Course Description

With long sliding stops and fast flat spins, reining horses are quickly becoming one of the most popular horse show competitions in the world, both for spectators and riders alike.  Reining has gained such status for a western event that it's now an Olympic equestrian competition.

As the maneuvers become more and more complicated by the addition of speed and the elimination of any kind of visible cues, the training of reining horses is quite different than most "traditional" techniques.  

This course unravels the mysteries starting with the "conformation" a horse needs to make him special, how the event is scored, and then giving you step by step direction for teaching, polishing and perfecting every competition maneuver.

You will need a video camera for this course, as most assignments require you to demonstrate the "training" and finished maneuver.

Course Outline

Lesson One: Conformation of a Reining Horse
      A. The Forehand
      B. The Hindquarters
      C. Set of the Legs
      D. Disposition

Lesson Two: Scoring the Reining Horse
      A. Points Deducted and Points Added
      B. Mistakes That Hurt You
      C. How to "Plus" Your Ride
      D. Judges' Responsibility

Lesson Three:  Circles and Lead Departures
      A. Teaching the Lead
      B. Collection at the Lope
      C. Speed Control
      D. Loose Rein Circles

Lesson Four:  Spins (Turnaround)
      A. Follow Your Nose
      B. Forehand Footfall
      C. Keeping the Hindquarters Planted
      D. Adding Speed

Lesson Five: Sliding Stops
      A. Teaching the Word "Whoa"
      B. Body Position Pre-stop
      C. Body Position Post-stop
      D. Keeping Forehand Light and Free

Lesson Six: Rundowns and Rollbacks
      A. Cutter Rollback Versus Reiner Rollback
      B. Leaving the Rollback
      C. Straight Approach
      D. Building Speed

Lesson Seven: Lead Changes
      A. Two Kinds of Lead Changes
      B. Hip Control
      C. Your Body Position
      D. Does a Lead Change Mean Direction Change?

Lesson Eight: Backing
      A. Collection in Backing
      B. Creating Cadence