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post #11 of 19 Old 01-05-2010, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
Riders who are trotting or cantering should have the right of way on the outside of the track. If you are slowing down or stopping, don't block the rail- move to the inside of the track

this is the only one i sort of disagree with. where i board if people walking go to the inside the people who are trotting & cantering are stuck on their rail & not able to turn in to circle easily so people walking tend to stay on the rail if they are going the same direction as the people trotting or cantering
I agree. ^

If a person is cantering, they should be on the inside. That way, the walk-trotters are out of their way if they need to circle or anything. Also, if a person cantering needs to pass a person walking, it is safer for the cantering horse to the inside, where there is room to move away if there is trouble. If the walking horse were to kick out at the cantering horse, and the cantering horse was on the outside, he'd have nowhere to go. He'd be pinned between the kicking horse and the fence-- not a good situation for horse OR rider.

Definitely call jumps, way before you go toward it! Also, it's important to still keep a watch out for other riders. Just because you call a jump doesn't mean you can push past anyone who might be in the way. People should be out of the way but it doesn't look good to run into a little kid on a pony and say "But I called my jump!"

It is standard to pass left shoulder to left shoulder, but in some situations you need to change that. If you know you're going to circle or know your horse needs more space to pass, you may need to pass right shoulder to right shoulder. Calling which way you're passing is really important. Just shout "inside!" or "outside" and make a definite move toward the side you're passing on so there's no confusion.

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post #12 of 19 Old 01-05-2010, 09:44 PM
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Really like the original post, I wish some of these rules would be applied to our outdoor arenas. No one is considerate of the green horses and I have become hurt and had my ride ruined because of girls texting, screaming, and being just plain stupid around their horses while riding with me.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-05-2010, 09:55 PM
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Originally Posted by dynamite. View Post
Really like the original post, I wish some of these rules would be applied to our outdoor arenas. No one is considerate of the green horses and I have become hurt and had my ride ruined because of girls texting, screaming, and being just plain stupid around their horses while riding with me.
i hate when people arent considerate of green horses ! a lady at my barn cantered straight at my mare during one of her first rides & she almost jumped out over the ledge of the arena [its an outdoor with no fence & its on a hill so 2 sides are severely sloped down]

im always very understanding towards others with green horses, because i know how hard it is to ride in a crowded arena on a greenie. also my barn has 2 horses with no eyes so i try to stay far away from them & give them lots of space...

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post #14 of 19 Old 01-05-2010, 11:20 PM
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I agree, but isnt it kinda weird to shout " OXER!!!!!" (i dont even know what that is. Im western) every time you go over it? Its kinda like running on the track at school or jogging with lots off people. Everytime you go over a hole or bump, or change direction you have to shout" HOLE" or "ROCK" or " CHANGING DIRECTION"? If there were tons of people warming up, shouting that may be a bit odd IMHO. I dont know, thta might be normal in english riding, with all the jumps and such. :)
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 12:28 AM
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In english, you need to shout jumps out. It might sound strange but if you are going towards a jump and another person is on the rail and don't see you going towards the jump, you might very well run right into them. It's all about safety.
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I think it'd be a good idea to hang this in the barn! :)
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-06-2010, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by thunderhooves View Post
I agree, but isnt it kinda weird to shout " OXER!!!!!" (i dont even know what that is. Im western) every time you go over it?

Not even a little bit! At least, if it's at all crowded. In busy schooling rings at shows people are yelling all over the place and you'll get in trouble if you don't call! (Anabel- I think rated show schooling rings can be crazier! at times A TON of people schooling, and while more aware they can be much more aggressive) We have a busy lesson/boarding barn and it's not uncommon for there to be an extra rider or two in one of the three rings while a jumping lesson is going on. I don't mind as long as the rider is watching out for the person jumping. People lessoning ALWAYS get the right of way at our barn.
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Another thing to consider is your horse and it's training.

If there is a ring full of small kids and calm horses and your horse is Mr. Bucking Bronc with an Attitutde or clearly needs to release his energy by cantering 100 mph before he settles, please come back another time.

Also, I hate it when someone comes in with a horse that can't turn, or when cantering has to make a gigantic circle [leaking her shoulder as far as she possibly can get away with to the outside]

I do not like it when your horse [cantering sideways] collides with mine [who is cantering blananced, upright, and streight!]

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post #19 of 19 Old 02-06-2010, 10:56 PM
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OK .... when I first saw the title of the thread .... I was gonna be a smarta** and say ... "I didn't think horses were allowed indoors"! : ? )

BUT it's good to see that list of rules/common courtesy. I'm not riding in an indoor ring .... yet, but will certainly use that list when I do. Thanks.
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