My one friend did Trail class at the fair once, and she said they spray your horse with a hose, make you walk over poles on the ground, go over wooden bridges, around cones, walk over a tarp, open a mailbox, walk through water, and open a gait.
To prepare, I have a jump frame with about 7 poles. I don't want Arthur to jump too high as he's 21 years old and has never jumped, but I could use the thicker poles as ground poles to walk over. I have tarps that Arthur (my horse) can walk over, hoses he's pretty good with but I'll spray him with them when good weather sets in again just to make sure, a few of those garden arches I can walk him under just to get him accustomed to strange objects, logs to jump over on the trails, dry ravines to jump and/or cross (he usually tries to jump these, and I always have to hold him back and make him walk across them lol), etc.
He was accustomed to the show atmosphere when my mom rode him in egg&spoon races, pole bending, dollar races, etc at a show about 15 years ago. (he won almost all of the events!) I don't have any ponds/lakes/rivers/shallow pools of water to ride him through, however. Our neighbors have a pond they'd be more than willing to let us try, but it has chemicals in it. What should I do about the water thing? And I don't have cones. Any ideas/suggestions to help us prepare? Greatly apprciated! Thanks=)
P.S-I'm 5.6, and Arthur is 14.1-14.2. The judge at the fair wouldn't consider me too big for him, would he?
Here's pics of the jump with rails (ignore the dog and miniature horse LOL):
Here's a few pics of Arthur and I:
^^Haha I look rily weird because I wasnt smiling. Yes, I know his bit looked too big there. I adjusted it since then