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    04-12-2013, 05:16 PM
Training for Trail Competition

Hello everyone! Show season is coming up. Last year I had my very first horse show and I did alright in the trail competition. I'm hoping to train more this year and do even better. Here are the obstacles I have in mind so far. I'd appreciate everyone's opinion on other obstacles I may want to work with and how I should create them. So far I have:

-A gate obstacle (rope between 2 poles that you have to walk through and refasten without dropping)
-A wooden "bridge"
-A barrel with a jacket on top of it (you have to stop and rub the jacket on your horse's neck and back)
-A square on the ground that your horse has to turn a circle in
-The shape of the letter "L" your horse has to back through
-A mailbox obstacle (where you have to get something out of a mailbox, show it, and put it back.)

Those were all obstacles I encountered in the trail class I was in last year. I want to improve working with them, but I also want to be ready for anything else they might throw at us. Does anyone have any other ideas, hopefully from other trail classes you've done, on other obstacles I could practice?
Thanks! :)
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    04-13-2013, 08:06 AM
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Are you showing in AQHA or 'Foundation' shows or some other organization? AQHA is all based on very slow and collected precision and not actual trail obstacles encountered by actual trail horses.

The Foundation shows want a horse to move quickly through 'more realistic' obstacles. What you listed sounds more like a Foundation show.

If you are talking about a Foundation show, you can encounter 'real' water, an animal tied near the course like a burro, you may have to lope past the judge sitting in a chair in the middle of the course, you may have to make a small circle after the box and then have to trot or lope across across the box, you may have to pass a 'tent' [it can be a real one or a tarp over a pole with a light and a fan in it], and you will probably have to drag a a log and load your horse in a trailer.
    04-13-2013, 03:36 PM
Green Broke
Subbing. I'm doing my first western show over the summer. Any tips you would help me too!
    04-14-2013, 06:45 PM
Yes, I am showing in Foundation type shows. What would be a good way to create a water type obstacle to practice with? Or should I just wait til it rains and play in puddles with my horse? Lol
    04-14-2013, 08:50 PM
You could do that - you could also build a frame out of 2x4's, then put a tarp in it and fill it with water. That's what I did :)

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