Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Western New York
This is a great community!
Patterns= easy and you can make your own. Its nice b/c your horse is practicing, your refining your handling, and you can match your horses ability/weakness, etc.
Basic of basic = take 3 cones, set them up spaced apart but in a line (20 feet in between maybe, doesn't matter so much if it isn't a show). Then you decide the pattern. So, it could be as easy as walk in, stand on the rail like you do at a show, walk to cone 1 and stop. Practice squaring up. Trot to cone 2 and stop. Then back up 3 steps. Do a turn and walk to cone 3 for "inspection".
I know it sounds simple as pie, but there are nuances you'll encounter, and they make for good practice. I tried to be short so this isn't a post to use for show prep!! Have fun :). * you can Google showmanship patterns and find plenty, there are very challenging ones out there!