10-08-2011, 07:15 PM
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To be honest it completely depends on what type of show you're at! Is it a fair, a registered show circuit or just a fun show?
For jumpers, if it's on a show circuit generally the jumps are numbered and you have the chance to walk the course first with your coach so you can discuss how you're going to ride it. Even if they're not numbered, they generally still will have a white flag and a red flag on the top of the standards of every jump. These help you remember what direction you're taking the jump in! You must ALWAYS jump with the red flag to the right!
Then again depending on the size and type of the show they might not even have flags! But you will still be able to walk it.
For hunters you cannot walk the course but the course will be posted outside of the ring. Generally in the low hunters there are 8-10 fences, and very similar patterns. Usually you begin on a single fence, and proceed to a diagonal line, then an outside line, to a diagonal line, to an outside line (or the same in a different order!). What helps me to remember my courses is that you will never have two diagonal lines in a row, neither two outside lines in a row.
Hope you have a great show and good luck! :)