Western riding is a form of horse riding that is taken from cowboys. Cowboys needed nimble horses who were well trained and worked together with their rider to perform work on the open plains. Nowadays western riding is used more for fun than for work.

Types of Western Riding

  • Reining – horse and rider showcase certain movements that originated from working cattle
  • Cutting – ability of a horse and rider to isolate cows from the herd
  • Trail Riding – ability of a horse and rider to work together with obstacles
  • Barrel Racing –  Horse and rider ride in a clover leaf pattern around each of three barrels as fast as possible
  • Team Penning – a timed event involving teams of three horses and riders with the goal of seperating certain cattle from a herd