I hope everyone is ready for another exciting stop on our structure for every style trail ride. After this week’s stop we will be a little more than half way from our final trail ride stop. Although that makes me a little sad, I’m still very excited for our future stops. Seeing how we’ve stayed out west on our journey, let’s lope to stop 6 — reining.
Dressage’s western cousin
Reining is a western riding style where riders control the movement of their horses by using their reins. This style is similar to dressage because horses must listen very tentatively to their rider, whose aids should not be visible to those watching. Reining originated from cowboys needing to perform a variety of tasks on horseback, requiring the horses to be extremely responsive and nimble.
The American Quarter Horse is the most common type of horse for reining. Their short distance speed is perfect for reining’s judging criteria. Horses commonly do circle patterns, spins and hard stops. Circle movements start out very large and require a good amount of space to be performed at high speeds. In the rundown move, the horse has to run at least twenty feet down the side of the arena. Scoring goes from 0 to infinity. Seventy is an average score in a reining class.
ClearSpan will meet your needs
In reining arenas, sidewalls should be tall and the arena should be long to support required movements. Available from 20′ to 300′ wide and at any length ClearSpan Hercules Truss Arch Buildings have no trouble accommodating the needs of reining classes. Our gothic or, gable style, arenas have very high sidewall clearance and if additional height is ever needed, the building can be mounted on a higher foundation such as a pony wall or wood posts.
Sliding stops in reining create a large amount of dust. Fabric structures do not have low rafters for dust to settle on. This feature prevents a dusty, dirty environment for horse and rider. If the sides of the structure get dirty, they can easily be washed down with soap and water.
This completes stop number 6; now onward to our next destination! It has been nice to discuss all the different styles of riding and how ClearSpan riding arenas meet each of their needs. I look forward to next week’s stop — cutting.
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