Originally Posted by equiniphile
Thanks. And how close should I stay to the rail?
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This depends on my horse's speed in relation to other horses in the class. We show a lot in Open shows, so you can get a variety of horses and paces within a gait. If we are traveling at the same pace or slower, I will keep my horse near the rail to let the faster horses go by on the inside. If we are one of the faster paced horses, I keep a little more away from the rail so we don't get boxed in and have to break gait. I have been in several classes with well over 20 riders and it can get very conjested at times. Think of it like a 6 lane freeway with the faster horses towards the inside of the arena. You need to find which "lane" you and your horse can maintain a consistent speed and not get into too much traffic so it causes problems.