Reining training videos to help improve your horse's circle, spin, and sliding stop. Tips to make your reining maneuvers easier.

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  • Using Different Cues for Reining Transitions

    Peter DeFreitas works with a 4-year-old horse that will be shown by a non-pro and discusses how he uses different cues to help the horse's rider communicate with him more effectively.

  • Downward Transitions in the Reining

    Peter DeFreitas discusses the three ways he cues downward transitions in reining.

  • Go-To Reining Bits

    Peter DeFreitas discusses his go-to reining bits and when he uses each one.

  • How to Get Involved in Reining

    Peter DeFreitas gives advice on the best first steps for riders looking to get started in reining.

  • What to Look For in Reining Horse Prospects

    There are several different qualities Peter DeFreitas looks for in his reining horse prospects. He discusses what he looks for in terms of temperament, rideability, and conformation in his colts and fillies.

  • Mentally Preparing to Show in the Reining

    Peter DeFreitas talks about he gets mentally prepared for a reining competition. Some of the strategies he uses include positive visualization and having an organized plan for each horse he's showing that day.

  • Working the Rollback

    Peter DeFreitas demonstrates how to work a drill geared at tuning up your horse through the rollback. The drill helps keep your horse up and moving off of your hands and legs. He also explains why having your horse come out of the rollback in the correct lead can improve your run.

  • Teaching Reining Horse to Rate

    Teaching a horse how to rate should be done with finesse. Peter DeFreitas demonstrates how to correctly teach a reining horse to rate and troubleshoots some common problems that may arise.

  • Fencing a Reining Horse

    Peter DeFreitas explains the goal of fencing and how it can help tune up your horse.

  • Lead Change Work with 3-Year-Old Reiner

    Peter DeFreitas introduces a young futurity prospect and uses him to demonstrate how he works lead changes with his young horses. He details the basics of schooling changes—straightness and speed. Peter also discusses counter-canter work.

  • Going Around the Ends of the Arena

    Peter DeFreitas explains the importance of riding your horse around the ends of the arena.He demonstrates a drill he likes to use to help keep his horse's shoulders straight and her neck in the correct position as he makes a turn.

  • Fixing Footwork in the Turn

    Footwork problems in the spin usually happen when your horse is confused about where his feet should go. Peter DeFreitas helps troubleshoot these problems.

  • Turning 3-Year-Old Reining Horse

    Peter DeFreitas explains the main differences between schooling 2- and 3-year-olds. As 3-year-olds, Peter starts fine tuning his cues so he has more ways to help his horses through maneuvers.

  • Reining Transitions and Circles

    Peter DeFreitas introduces one of his 3-year-old futurity prospects and uses her to demonstrate how to school lead departures, transitions, and circles. He explains how to create smooth transitions using his hands and legs to control his mare's hips and shoulders.

  • Training at Your Horse’s Own Pace

    Letting your horse progress and develop at his own pace is an important part of good horsemanship. Peter DeFreitas talks about his experiences working young horses that progressed at very different rates.

  • Teaching Young Reining Horse to Stop

    Peter DeFreitas demonstrates his process for teaching a young reining horse to stop. He explains the foundation work that should be done at the jog first, then uses his horse to demonstrate what schooling the stop at the lope looks like. He also discusses what the stops should look and feel like ...

  • Teaching Young Reining Horse to Turn

    Building off the sidepass exercise, Peter DeFreitas demonstrates how he starts teaching young reining horses how to turn. He focuses on keeping his horse square and between his legs so that the turn stays tight and organized.

  • Teaching Young Reining Horse to Move Off Your Leg

    Peter DeFreitas demonstrates how he starts teaching his young reining horses to side pass. He explains how and why he uses the fence lines to help facilitate the exercise as well as when to use your leg and rein aids.

  • Improving Lead Departure with Young Reining Horse

    After warming up his young reining horse, NRHA professional Peter DeFreitas demonstrates how to improve lead departures. He points out that his horse's head set at this point is secondary to keeping her even and in between his hands and legs.