Cowboy and dressage rider face-off and prove, no matter the style, it's all about the horse

In the world of horses, there is certainly a debate about reigning and dressage. They are actually similar in many ways, but generally, riders have a preference on which technique they choose to employ with their horse. While they are fundamentally different, so much of it boils down to the rider and the horse.
According to USDF, dressage if a French term meaning "training." It essentially focuses on developing the horse's natural athletic ability while also ensuring that the horse remains calm and has an eagerness to take direction from the rider.
Advertisement
In much the same way, reigning is similar. However, it focuses more on the working horse that needs the appropriate skills to work with livestock. According to USEF, competitions also exist for reigning horses where the rider shows off the precision and athletic ability.
Essentially, dressage and reining have many similarities, but perhaps the difference is found only in the goals of the rider. The Perfect Horse indicates that both types of riding can be a foundation for developing a strong bond between the horse and rider and each method can be used to teach the horse how to effectively move.
Advertisement
Check out the video to see the differences between the two. What do you think it comes down to? Is it really about the rider or the horse?
Resources The Perfect Horse, USEF, and USDF

If you thought performing a basic body clip was hard, wait till you see what this guy does.
May 30   ·  
Advertisement
For so many world-class athletes participating in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the only goals are glory and gold medals.
May 30   ·  
If you've ever tried to back up a horse trailer, then you know just why these horses are 'amused.'
May 29   ·  
A circle of bubbles begins to rise from the depth.
May 27   ·  
Camouflage is one very effective way that snakes hide themselves from predators. I'll bet you can't locate the copperhead snake hiding in plain sight!
May 28   ·  
This baby and her Tabby have a morning ritual that is absolutely adorable, and Dad caught it all on film!
May 10   ·