August 18, 2006, Newsletter Issue #188: Reining

Tip of the Week

Let’s face it, reining can be arduous. Perfecting the art of fast and slow circles, run downs and stops, rollbacks and backing is grueling and teaching these skills is even more laborious. There is hope. Al Dunning has a video, “Advanced Reining Techniques,” the third video in his series on Western training and reining (the other two videos are “Reining Fundamentals” and “The Progressive Steps on Foundation”).

In these videos, Dunning goes into great detail and walks the viewers through each step. Additionally, Dunning explains the process of changing from two hands to one, switching headgear and offers some helpful explanations on solving problem maneuvers.

At the completion of the series, Dunning offers a demonstration reining pattern and gives details on the thought process involved in performing each step. Aside from performance issues, Dunning also goes into detail about the importance of sportsmanship, horsemanship, as well as the psychology involved with showing and competing.

The videos don’t promise any miracle solutions or offer answers to industry secrets. Instead, they walk you through the processes and teach you how to perform each step. These videos are detailed and comprehensive.

*These videos are designed to help the future competitive reining horse, however, they can be very useful to anyone concerned with western disciplines who desires agility, obedience, and athleticism in their equine.

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