At the lower levels, a horse should be able to stand quietly in the box. When you are given permission to proceed, the rider should trot the horse out and then pick up the canter. The times are easy, no reason AT ALL to blast out of the box. It teaches the horse to be tense. |
I agree. Nelson and I just stand there.
It drives me bonkers when I see horse/rider teams acting like they are having a seizure, it's rediculous.
I remember when I was in Pony Club, we did alot of CC training. I remember a friend of mine was in the start box and she would turn her horse around facing the back, and then rile him up and spin him around and blast out of the start box.
She kept "practicing" this over and over - and I had to laugh, because at an actual HT, she had her horse so jazzed up, he backed out of the box before the clock permitted them, and they were disquallifed.
Served her right.
I was always taught to just stand there quietly.
How one starts out of the box, doesn't bother me what-so-ever. Meh, if one wants to trot out, or canter out - that's their choice. So long as they stand quietly and patiently in the box.