As boarders at this facility you have the right to ride in your arena if you choose whether showing or not.
Depending upon size of the rider/horse turnout though you may decide it is busy enough to just be astride on the grounds with all the excitement going on.
Even though you may not be showing, when a show is happening all riders astride must be wearing approved helmets regardless of age of the rider. That was a AHSA rule that when organizations merged to USEF surely they kept as a safety protocol.
As for ring etiquette...
Customary you ride the same direction, watching for less skilled rider/horses and keep a distance from all unfamiliar animals...
If you need to pass another horse, call-it....inside or outside.
Slower moving horses usually yield the rail for those riding faster gaits.
If you need to change direction, call it loudly and clearly and if your arena has letters yell out "changing direction at letter A"...check to make sure you have room to make that sweeping reverse and do it.
If jumping, call for the jump...crossrail, oxer, combination and watch for others utilizing the ring for cutting across your line of approach.
Warm-up rings can be crazy hectic or just like a normal lesson time of several riders if all work together.
I always went to the warm-up ring with someone on the ground to open and close a entrance gate if their is no gate keeper assigned.
We also would set up a fence or two at my height needed, then return them to lower cross-rails for others to use.
I arrived mounted and left the ring mounted...ready to blend in and ride.
If a rider falls off...quickly pull to a halt, firm halt and face the ring center so you can see all around you.
Stay mounted and hang on cause this is where the fireworks of unruly horses suddenly shows.
If in doubt about Pony kicking...red ribbon his tail
. It is your
responsibility though to keep others out of his distance of connecting.
Some times just riding on the grounds when a show is ongoing is enough excitement to expose a newbie to the first time.
If you decide to not ride but walk around...bridle and halter over the bridle so you can have more control of him if needed, as needed.
Do not let anyone human or horse touch your horses! This is how horses get sick from germs of another...same as humans keep hands only on your/their horses, no nice horsey petting strangers.
No sniffing poop or tasting by your animals....do not let your horses eat leftover hay on the ground after the show... Watch were you walk for you and your horses...amazing the items found lying on the ground after a show.
I refer to needles/syringes and empty drug paraphernalia...beware and if you pick anything up be very careful.
Enjoy the day!!