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lucky2008 04-20-2011 06:19 PM

Pole Bending/Weaving Pattern
For MN 4-H website they show this pattern
but whe you google like 4-h pole bending on youtube you get people doing this pattern

So which do they usually do

Here is a link for MN 4-H:

DrumRunner 04-20-2011 06:32 PM

I've never seen anyone run the pattern like the first video..I've run barrels, poles, and cones my whole life and I've always done it the second way..

smrobs 04-20-2011 06:32 PM

I think where you are competing dictates which pattern to use. Around here, the second pattern is what you see in all the rodeos and such, we don't have many 4-h shows so I don't know which pattern they use. If you are unsure which pattern you are supposed to be running, you should be able to check with the show steward or watch the competitors who run the class before you do.

equiniphile 04-20-2011 07:34 PM

In our 4-H shows we do the second.

Horsesdontlie 04-23-2011 06:47 PM

The first I have seen with gymkhanas, I personally dislike it as it screws up my regular poles pattern. I have heard it called, 'California Poles' and 'Poles I(1)'

The rodeo uses the second, i have known it as 'Washington Poles' and 'Poles II(2)'

Tennessee 04-23-2011 06:54 PM

I've never seen anybody use the first.

flytobecat 04-23-2011 07:37 PM

We do both patterns, but the second is more common. I think they call the 2nd video Washington Poles.

SMCLeenie 04-25-2011 09:03 PM

I have never seen the first one done. I do the second.

beau159 04-26-2011 11:53 AM

I have seen both patterns run. It depends on the association rules you are running in.

If you read the rulebook you posted, the MN 4-H uses the first video pattern. And it is called Pole Weaving (not pole bending). So if that is the association you will be running in, that is the pattern you will use.

Always read the rulebook for the shows you want to attend.

reiningfan 05-22-2011 07:10 PM

I've never seen the first one done. I'd be concerned that it would mess up my horse. She knows when I screw up and sulks about it.
I agree that you need to review the rule book and possibly find some people who have competed at this show on previous years. They ought to be able to tell you which pattern it actually is.
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