Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I have recently become interested in reining and have been training my stallion to do so. I have to admit that I thought that was a good article. The author actually makes some good points.
Reining, like any other discipline can get taken to the extreme. I think the article is a good reminder to just be sure to put the welfare, soundness, happiness, and safety of your horse above winning in reining or any other discipline for that matter.
The maneuvers in reining may not have much practical appliance when compared to "real" western riding, but I think being able to perform them to some accuracy shows real control and communication with your horse. Also, I have noticed since starting reining training that collection is required to properly do the maneuvers.
I think it is good to listen to opposing views about the things we are interested in with an open mind. It makes us think, and not get wrapped up in winning, money, ribbons, etc.
If sliders really are detrimental, maybe don't use sliders and just don't demand such long stops?? I don't know...reining, like anything else does not have to be taken to the extreme. It can still show a well trained horse with 5-10 stops and slow but steady spins, etc. :)