Things that are specific to reining (not harsh bits, overuse of spurs, starting horses too early, etc).
I decided I wanted to do reining because a) it looks fun, and b) it looks much more natural and humane than most other disciplines. But I'm not that educated in the matter... I've boarded at a reining barn for the past year, but I've never even gone to a reining show or visited another barn. I've been taking lessons on finished reiners for the past few months, while simultaneously taking lessons on my mare to get her started in reining. I've done everything with her training up until this point, but my trainer is going to start training her himself in March.
But anyway... Is reining actually as humane as it looks?