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        12-12-2008, 05:50 PM
    Judging his movement? Is it a rail class?

    Maybe I will just go on Youtube and watch some classes
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        12-12-2008, 06:02 PM
    So HUS look sa lot like Western Pleasure as far as how the horses move
        12-12-2008, 07:02 PM
    For the bridge, I like them to do a very brief pause on it. Basically, as I'm walking up I ask my horse to put the head down and really look at it. (I have been known with young horses to put a little bit of grain in a trail right down the center of it, and let them lip it up as they are going over on occasion). They need to be nice, slow, and responsive while going over it, and a very brief pause allows the judge to know that the horse is waiting on you. You can also put a pole on top of the bridge as something else for them to pay attention to.

    To help them pick up their feet, at a walk I like to have them 1/2 way over a pole and then suddenly change their direction. I will also just lay the poles out in a big huge mess with no pattern to it and let the horse just pick their way through it.

    I don't side pass through the gate. I kinda leg yield them up to the correct location, stop, and unhook the gate. Then back up a step or two so their nose will get by the end, then it is a kinda hindend pivot/leg yield to open the gate, walk through, turn on the forehand to face the opposite direction on the other side of the gate, then leg yield them back over to the correct spot and close it. Then leg yield them a couple of steps away from the gate, and off you go.
        12-12-2008, 07:13 PM
    Okay, that sounds like how I have been doing the gate. Do they judge how the horse moves at all during trail class? Or is it just how responsive your horse is and how you maneuver each obstacle?
        12-12-2008, 08:04 PM
    Movement isn't one of the big things they judge, but it adds to the overall picture. For scoring, there are certain faults that are worth - 1/2 to -5pts. But there are also style points, and if I remember correctly they go from - 3 to +3. This is where movement comes in. If you have a real pretty mover, they will plus more on style points than a horse that isn't such a good mover. Also, the better movers will have an easier time navigating the obstacles.
        12-12-2008, 08:10 PM
    That makes sense.

    Another unrelated question -- How would you transistion from a snaffle to a curb bit? If I decide to show, I know I am going to need to ride in one.
        12-15-2008, 05:49 PM
    I have no good answers to your last question. Maybe somebody else will? For me, I start transitioning them when they have figured out how to respond correctly, and collect up and drive into the bit with a snaffle. Then I just switch over. It's not something I would do on myself unless you have had experience riding with a curb before. Some horses will freak out, some won't. Just make sure you really know when to release pressure, as they have to have a good reward and correct escape route to know that they have responded properly. It's important with all things, but especially when they are new to a curb.
        12-15-2008, 06:42 PM
    If the people at your barn are really into QH shows why don't you ask them for advice, or start taking lesson at the barn if they are offered. I think you will benefit more out of a lesson than trying to figure things out on your own. If you don't really get along with the people just try and stay open to there ideas. There are a million ways to get to the same place and just because that's not how you would do it doesnt mean its wrong.
        12-15-2008, 07:23 PM
    Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
    So HUS look sa lot like Western Pleasure as far as how the horses move
    Head carriage is about the only thing that is the same.
    In WP the horse should be slow legged and generally shorter strided, but in HUS you want a BIG, sweepy, slow legged gait that covers the ground. Because of the longer strides, it seems the horse is moving faster, but faster does not equal longer. The longer the stride, the more ground they cover, getting them from point a to point b quicker but the speed and rythm of the legs should not change.

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