Reining Basics

Reining is a western riding competition for horses where the riders guide the horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops. All work is done at the lope (a slow, relaxed version of the horse gait more commonly known worldwide as the canter), or the gallop (the fastest of the horse gaits).


The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) defines 15 reining patterns. Each pattern is a variation on a set number of required maneuvers including large fast circles, small slow circles, spins in both directions, flying lead changes, roll backs, sliding stops, and backup.

"To rein a horse is not only to guide him, but also to control his every movement. The best reined horse should be willingly guided or controlled with little or no apparent resistance and dictated to completely."
Jim Willoughby
NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee
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