What Reiners Mean vs. What You Think They Mean
With the NRHA Winter Meeting coming to Fort Worth in the next few weeks I thought it would be a good idea to try and close the language barrier that often exists between reiners (people who participate in the reining event) and the rest of the world. As a reiner myself, I know we often use terms that we believe are self-explanatory but in reality they can be quite confusing. I only know this from one too many weird looks from my non-reining roommate when talking to my trainers on the phone.
When you say "Stop"
Everyone else thinks of stopping their car at a stop sign, ceasing movement in general or even occasionally stopping in the name of love.
However, reiners think of performing a sliding stop, hopefully well so we can get a higher score in our pattern or at least get our trainers to stop yelling at us.
When you say “Rundown”
Everyone else thinks of a summary or a briefing.
Reiners think of the approach to the sliding stop I mentioned before. Ideally it would consist of starting at a slow speed and gradually increasing in speed until you are ready to stop (sliding not regular).
When you say “Turn around”
Everyone else thinks of reversing or changing direction, most often used when your GPS is yelling at you because you passed your exit or destination.
Reiners think of spinning a horse (normally 360 degree turns)
Hopefully after reading this, you will be more prepared for the influx of reiners heading to Fort Worth in the next few weeks or even able to have a horsey conversation with one of your reining friends!