In-Hand Trail Class: Teaching to Back Through the "L" Shaped Poles

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    11-18-2012, 01:22 PM
In-Hand Trail Class: Teaching to Back Through the "L" Shaped Poles

I've entered into a few In-Hand Trail classes over the years, mostly just as something extra to do at open shows. The horse I'm showing and I always do okay but this year I'm thinking I'd like to be a bit more prepared and try to develop better groundwork skills.

I'll be taking a 5 year old mare who, up until I started to work with her, had hardly been touched (her owners only fill up her water and toss feed to her, other than that they're afraid of her). I'm taking her to as many shows as I can come spring (just to "watch") so she gets some experience being at a show and will be more comfortable once we start competing. I am hoping to enter her in some classes for one of the shows in July though.

So, I'm wondering if anyone has any tips on how to teach her to do the back up through the "L" shaped poles one often sees in Trail classes? As far as I know, you aren't allowed (or at least it's undesirable) to touch your horse while going through the obstacles. I've always had trouble getting horses I was working with to do it with without being touched...

I'm trying to get a head start on this, so any help would be greatly appreciated!

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