REINING HORSE FINE ART PRINT
This reining horse was my first dive into drawing western riding. I wanted a dramatic piece, so I chose reining. This artwork is perfect for anyone who loves the western horse industry.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING FACTS!
- Reining has been called the dressage of the western world.
- It’s a sport where the American Quarter Horse breed dominates.
- It is a fast-paced thrill ride full of hard-driving runs, explosive stops and dizzying spins.
- Reining evolved from the everyday ranch horse, which was quick on his feet and could be directed by a light rein.
- cowhands would get together and challenge one another to see whose cow horse could stop harder, slide farther and turn faster. Thus, the reining competition began.
- Each pattern includes 360-degree spins; flying lead changes; small slow circles; large fast circles; rollbacks; and sliding stops.
- Reining as a sport was first recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in 1949.
- Most reining horses begin their training at 18-24 months of age. They start to compete at 3 years of age where futurities are for horses 3-4 years of age.
- Each pattern takes about 2.5-3 min to complete.
- The goal for these horses is to get control of the front end of the horse. The term “freed up” allows weight to be shifted to the hind end of the horse which allows for a faster stop.
- A top quality show horse with a good show record will often sell for $10,000 or more. Some of the most successful Quarter horses will sell for $25,000 or more. However, you can still get a solid show horse for under $8,000.
- American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Appaloosas, Arabians, Missouri Fox Trotters all make excellent reining horses.
- America, Italy, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands have strong Reining programs and are continuing to grow.
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