Etiquette at events
Its been a while since I have been here. Hope everyone is doing well!!
I just have one question. And when I first came to this forum I thought I saw a few similiar threads, but I can't seem to find them now. So if you know of a thread that already covers this please send me that way..
Any who, the question is :
What is the proper etiquette for human and horse at sporting events?
setting up/cleaning up camp etiquette
and any other areas where etiqutte is needed at the event
Now bear in mind I have never competed with my horses other than 2 small CTR events. So I more or less picked up a few things but I want to make sure I am going into these properly with the right mindset.
not sure if it matters but the two disciplines i am looking into mainly are cross country, hunter paces, and ctr/endurance.
Any advice is much appreciated.
Park where it's designated, leave enough space for horses next to the trailer beside you and don't stick the nose of your truck way out into the parking lot. Leave enough room for your horses, but don't take up miles and miles of space (nobody else gets it, neither should you). If you're stalling, I suggest parking well out of the way so people who are hauling in can have the more convenient spots.
Camp etiquette is pretty general, you bring it in then you bring it out. And don't be super loud all night long because chances are everyone around you is getting up at ungodly hours.
Left shoulder to left shoulder, don't pass too tight, watch where you're going and keep an eye out for young riders who don't know what they're doing (more for your safety than 'etiquette'). Call your fences if you don't have a coach (and even if you do, if it's super busy) and just... pay attention. Last spring I fell off my horse in the warm up ring and not one single person stopped, one person almost hit my horse, another almost stepped on me. Don't step on people that have fallen off. :lol:
At smaller shows (schooling shows and club days) I saw clean up all your poop anywhere your horse leaves it. A lot of bigger shows have people that drive around the grounds and pick it up for you (especially if the grounds are large) but definitely scoop it if it's close to your trailer / stall / a wheel barrow.
Here you go. I have found the following helps to make my event experience more pleasant. Basically it's common sense and treating people as you would want to be treated :)
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