Horse Show Terminology

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  • Rein chains - Light weight chains attached from the bit to the rein. Used to counter balance the weight of the spade bit.
  • Reins - The reins afford direct contact between the hands and horse’s mouth. They regulate impulsion: slowing, stopping or backing the horse. The reins, acting through the mouth and the neck, are also used to change direction of travel or to turn the horse right or left.
  • Rein back - The horse moving backwards on the riders command.
  • Relative Straightness - In dressage terms this means a horse is going straight when the inside hind leg follows the track of the inside foreleg.
  • Renvers - Work on three tracks. The horse's quarters are to the track with the forehand away from the track. The outside hind leg creates one track. The outside foreleg and inside hind leg (diagonal pair) create the second track and the inside foreleg creates the third track. The horse must have length bend in the direction of movement.
  • Restraint - Usually tying, to prevent escape or injury.
  • Riata - Braided rawhide rope.
  • Roached - A mane that has been cut short.
  • Roached back - A convex back, one that forms an outward arc.
  • Roller - A surcingle, or form of girth, used to hold a blanket in place.
  • Romal - A braided rawhide terminating in a single or double tapered strap, usually between 3 and 4 feet long, and attached to the end of closed, braided rawhide reins.
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