Originally Posted by Shasta1981
I don't know a whole lot about reining (other than it looks like a lot of fun). Do you get tested on leg yields, shoulder-in, or haunches-in? Would you get more points in your pattern if you use them?
Not as such, no. Reining is judged on your performance of a given pattern. Each pattern is a combination of the following maneuvers in a given sequence (depending upon the pattern) performed in both directions.
And then of course, the sliding stop and a back up.
In order to perform each manuever best, you need to know how to use the yields, etc. THey become your "tools" in order to perform the maneuver. You are then scored on each component from+ or- 2 for each from a baseline of 70 points per judge.
Correct me if I am wrong NRHA-you have much more experience than I here........
So, in short, yes, if you use them, you will most likely get more points, as your horse will probably do the maneuver better.