The Art of Reining

By Svensson Ranch | March 11, 2011

“Reining is communication between horse and rider employing the principles of classical horsemanship to create an art form that is pleasing to watch.”
–Bob Loomis, professional reining horse trainer.

Reining is recognized internationally as an equine sport of great significance that appeals to participants and spectators alike. The combination of speed and power maneuvers with amazing control and finesse makes the sport fascinating to watch. The NRHA judging system allows spectators to closely follow the determination of the winners while being entertained by breathtaking performances.

Reining is a judged event designed to show the athletic ability of a ranch type horse in the confines of a show arena. In reining competition, contestants are required to run one of several approved patterns. Each pattern includes small slow circles, large fast circles, flying lead changes, rollbacks over the hocks, 360 degree spins done in place, and the exciting sliding stops that are the hallmark of the reining horse.

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