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Train a Reiner
ES 384


Instructor: Todd Martin


        With long sliding stops and fast flat spins, reining horses are quickly becoming one of the most popular horse show competitions in the world, both for spectators and riders alike…  Reining has gained such status for a western event that it's now an Olympic equestrian competition.

         As the maneuvers become more and more complicated by the addition of speed and the elimination of any kind of visible cues, the training of reining horses is quite different than most "traditional" techniques. 

         Train Your Reining Horse unravels the mysteries starting with the "conformation" a horse needs to make him special, how the event is scored, and then giving you step by step direction for teaching, polishing and perfecting every competition maneuver.

          You will need a video camera for this course, as most assignments require you to demonstrate the "training" and finished maneuver.

Lesson One: Conformation of a Reining Horse.
      A. The forehand
      B. The hindquarters
      C. Set of the legs
      D. Disposition

Lesson Two: Scoring the Reining Horse
      A. Points deducted and points added
      B. Mistakes that hurt you
      C. How to "plus" your ride
      D. Judges responsibility

Lesson Three:  Circles and Lead Departures
      A. Teaching the lead
      B. Collection at the lope
      C. Speed control
      D. Loose rein circles

Lesson Four:  Spins (Turnaround)
      A. Follow your nose
      B. Forehand footfall.
      C. Keeping the hindquarters planted
      D. Adding speed

Lesson Five: Backing
      A. Collection in backing
      B. Creating cadence

Lesson Six: Sliding Stops
      A. Teaching the word "whoa"
      B. Body position pre-stop
      C. Body postition post-stop
      E. Keeping forehand light and free

Lesson Seven: Rundowns and Rollbacks
      A. Cutter rollback versus reiner rollback
      B. Leaving the rollback
      C. Straight approach
      D. Building speed

Lesson Eight: Lead Changes
      A. Two kinds of lead changes
      B. Hip control
      C. Your body position
      D. Does a lead change mean direction change?


       There is are no required textbooks for this course.

        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out". 

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Mr. Martin is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse is required.
        The ability to make videos and submit them to the instructor is required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.

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