Horse reining is a huge business. In 2010, for example, it made approximately $12.5 million in the United States. When you compare this figure with only $4 million made in the year 2000, you see last year’s figure reflected a 150% increase. These categories of horses are usually raised for competitions and not usually used for ranch work. They are trained from the age of six months and can tolerate a lot of physical exercises. Reining competitions involve the test of the ability of the horses to do spins, circles and stops. Both the rider and his horse are scored based on a fixed set of movements.
Movements That Reining Horses for Sale Should Know
The following movements are important for reining horses. They should be trained in such a way that they are very conversant with these movements.
Flying lead change: The horse should be able to change its leading front and hind legs mid stride, while in a lope during the suspension phase of the gait.
Circles: Performing large and quick circles is a must for the horse. These should be done at a near gallop speed with smaller circles at a lope. The trainer should ensure that the circles are perfectly round and the rider should be able to control the speed of the horse.
Sliding stop: It is really important that the horse finishes the movement in a straight line, which makes this move tricky. This move requires the horse to gallop down the arena and come to a sudden halt. This the horse does by allowing his hind feet to slide down while his forefeet are in the “walking” movement.
Rundown: Every horse trained for raining should be able to gallop down the long side of the competition arena while maintaining a distance of about 20 feet from the fence.
Back or backup: The backing up should be in a straight line and it requires the horse being able to stop when asked to. The horse backs up for about 10 feet.
Rollback: This is a continuous movement that requires the horse to turn 180 degrees after a sliding stop and…