Wow, crazy. I'm not even a Western rider, but that write-up seemed "preposterous" itself!
Even from the very beginning: "I can think of no other recognized riding activity that causes injuries (usually permanent) in so many participating horses." Umm, what about racing? I'm sure there are tons of injuries to those Thoroughbreds running as fast as they can as 2 year olds! Many are off to stud or broodmare status by 5 years old (while your Reining Horse will be going strong and competitive into his teens).
Also, to those of you who know more about Western Spins than I do...a question! This article described the spin where one rear hoof stays stationary and the other steps in a backwards motion. So, say you are spinning to the left, the right rear is stationary and the left rear is going backwards in a circle? Is that correct? I would always image the left rear staying put while the right rear follows the body motion forward and counter-clockwise (left).
It's funny how the writer described the reining pattern as "insane." I just got a book of practice patterns for hunter/jumper and WOW! Take that reining pattern, add cavaletti, jumps, transitions, and halts. Now that's
insane (but in a good way!)
Whatever :roll: Reining looks like a ton of fun and even the horses get all spunked up and seem to enjoy it. Every Reining Horse Owner I've ever met has taken wonderful care of their horses.