It really depends on the dicipline. A western pleasure rider has a different riding position than a horsemanship rider or a barrel racer. It's all based on the same concept but is manipulated in each dicipline to suit the type of riding.
Reining's best comparison is like figure skating on horseback...without ice. I suggest going on youtube and searching reining. There are some incredible videos on there.
This one is a mix of quite a few different reining horses.
Basically, in reining you do a pattern. Figure eights, small circles - slow lope, faster canter, large circles with flying lead changes in between. Then there are the spins - basically pivoting on the hind but extremely fast. And of course the sliding stops.
Haha, thanks. I have a passion for reining. Java was sent as a six year old to a high-end reining barn for three months of training. Granted, he stood a good eight inches taller than all the other horses. It was so fun to learn, though. He even cut baby buffalo!
What is Reining, the best thing ever! LOL No just kidding, SixofDiamonds gave a pretty good explanation! Small slow circles, fast big circles, flying lead changes, spins, transitions, sliding stops, roll backs! All the fun stuff!
I've always heard it described as the dressage of the western world. There are a lot of differences of course though. I saw a video once of a pas de deux with a dressage rider and a reining rider. It was pretty cool. I think it's on here somewhere. If I wasn't at work I'd look for the video myself.