Horsemanship is judged on the horsemanship abilities of the rider using western tack. This class is divided into 2 sections. Individually riders must follow a prescribed pattern. Riders could be asked to walk,jog,or lope their horses in a straight line, curve or any combination.finalists from the first portion of the class are then asked back into the arena as a group to showtheir horses on the rail. Judges pay close attention to the rider's body positions,how they sit a saddle and their ability yo control the horse.
Halter is a class judged on the horse's conformation. The classes are divided by age and sex.
Showmanship focuses on the exibitor's ability to fit and show a horse.judges evaluate the grooming and fitting of the horse, and the expertise of doing the pattern that is permitted.
Western Pleasure is one of the most popular classes.top western pleasure horses should be as the name implies a pleasure to ride. They should carry their heads topline and move correctly.they go on the rail at all times. They are judged on quality of movement and consistency of gaits.
Trail classes you have obstacles to do such as passing through gates and crossing bridges.trail judges focus on the skill of the horse to handle certain situations that might occur on an outdoor trail ride.scoring is based on the horse's willingness,ease and grace in negotiating the course.
Western Riding is a pattern laid out by colored cones,western riding horses are evaluated on precise lead changes using both hind and front legs. Horses must also change gaits.
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