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post #11 of 36 Old 05-16-2010, 09:42 PM
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Okay, one at a time, LOL.

First, when you line up before a class, it's butt to the rail unless otherwise specified. When you set up for inspection, generally you move straight toward the judge, so you stop head-on. Again, this is unless otherwise specified. I had one pattern where you had to stop at the cone, and the judge was to the side. After you're done with your pattern, you move to the rail. It really helps if you let someone else go first, so you have a point of reference. But there are two ways to go. Sometimes you line up on the rail where you started out. In that case, you line up so that if the class were to run again, it would be in the same order. (Does that make sense?) Other times you line up close to where the pattern ends. Just put your horse next in line, or have a ring steward direct you. In any case, this is also butt to the rail.

Okay, so I think that might have answered the first three questions.

At local shows, when you place you leave the arena. If your number didn't get called, you leave when they stop placing. But no matter what, keep showing until you are outside the pen.

A lot of times, you can ask the judge(s) a question before the class starts if something is not clear to you. And if you do have to pass the judge and (s)he is standing in front of you, pivot your horse until you have a clear path and then walk on.
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After you're done with your pattern, you move to the rail. It really helps if you let someone else go first, so you have a point of reference. But there are two ways to go. Sometimes you line up on the rail where you started out. In that case, you line up so that if the class were to run again, it would be in the same order. (Does that make sense?) Other times you line up close to where the pattern ends. Just put your horse next in line, or have a ring steward direct you. In any case, this is also butt to the rail.
Thank you. The information was really helpful, but....I do need to clarify one thing

Would I be backing my horse up into the same spot, or go a far distance around the back of the other horses into my spot (on the left rein)?

And I mad one part of the quote red. Can you clarify what you mean there?

Sorry, I'm very new to this!
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Usually the other horses are pretty close to the rail, and you don't go behind or in front of them. You go to the end of the line.

As for the end of the pattern, sometimes the pattern is a straight line or a line with a 90 degree turn that leaves you quite a distance away from where you started. In that case, the post-pattern lineup is usually at the far end of the pattern, on the rail.
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There is generally a Ring Steward that will help direct you on where to go once you finish your pattern. If there is no Ring Steward at the show, the printed pattern sometimes tells you where to go after you have finished.

One additional thing I forgot to mention that many beginners mess up on....when you make the approach to set up your horse for the judge's inspection, always walk or jog (depending on the pattern) your horse in a line directly in front of the judge. In other words, don't walk/jog yourself in a line directly in front of the judge but walk/jog your horse on that line. When you set up, the horse should be directly in front of the judge.
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Ridehorses, you are really reminding me of some of my beginner's mistakes, LOL. I did that for about a month until someone pointed it out to me. That was before I went to a show horse trainer. All I had at the time was my game horse trainer who is excellent at what she does.
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There is generally a Ring Steward that will help direct you on where to go once you finish your pattern. If there is no Ring Steward at the show, the printed pattern sometimes tells you where to go after you have finished.

One additional thing I forgot to mention that many beginners mess up on....when you make the approach to set up your horse for the judge's inspection, always walk or jog (depending on the pattern) your horse in a line directly in front of the judge. In other words, don't walk/jog yourself in a line directly in front of the judge but walk/jog your horse on that line. When you set up, the horse should be directly in front of the judge.
Thats good to know. Thanks!
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thanks!!! but when you say " line up the horse infront of the judge. do mean so the judge can see the horse length wise? or so the head is the first thing they see. i still dont really know.
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The ring Steward directs you, if it's not posted ahead of time.

Right?
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