Origins of Reining

During the American history and date back into the earliest Spanish settlers in what today is the Southern United States and Mexico, which include California and Texas, the ranches have to manage the cattle from horseback. Cattle have been moved, doctored, branded, herded and sorted, usually on the open range without having the advantage of barns, fences, or other things that holds the animals. A great cowboy must have a nimble and quick horse, one that is able to quickly change direction, stopping on a dime, sprinting on an errant cow.

Mostly, the horse must be controlled by weight and legs, and will be ridden with a light touch on the reins and with just one hand, using the rope or hat in moving beside a reluctant herd animal. These ideal characteristics’ informal demonstrations among the ranch vaqueros and cowboys has evolved to the sport of reining, and the related events of working cow horse and cutting as well as some other classes of horse show. Other nations that have the traditions to her livestock on massive areas like Argentina and Australia have developed the same traditions which blended into the sport since it expanded all throughout the world.