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Trail Challenge Obstacle Course

Recreational Competition

Obstacles

 

The obstacles you encounter at an Equine Trail Sports event are not timed, and may challenge you and your horse in the following skill sets: Confidence, Ground Manners, Horsemanship, and Precision.  Some sample maneuvers are below.

Skill Set Maneuver Example Obstacle Level 1 Level 2 Level 3

CONFIDENCE

Control Reaction to Movement

Pulley

Obtain rope, back 3 steps pulling rope, release rope.

Obtain rope, back until bag reaches designated height above horses head, release rope.

Obtain rope, back until bag reaches designated height above horses head; walk forward until bag is back on ground, release rope.

Control Reaction to Setting

Campsite

Walk past campsite on path furthest from campsite.

Walk past campsite on path closer to the campsite.

Walk past campsite on path closest to campsite.

Cross Over Obstacles

Bridge  

Walk over bridge.

Walk to midpoint of bridge, stop for 3 seconds, and walk off bridge.

Walk to end of bridge, stop 3 seconds. Backup to midpoint of bridge. Stop. Walk forward off bridge.

Cross Through Obstacles

Water  

Place horse’s front feet in water, stand still for 3 seconds, back out.

Cross water at a walk in designated shallow area.

Cross water at a walk in designated deeper area.

Handle Items

Broom Polo Playoffs

Dismounted, obtain broomstick. From start point, use broom to hit the ball between two cones while leading the horse.

Obtain broomstick. From start point, at a walk, use broom to hit the ball between two cones.

Obtain broomstick. From start point, ride horse at a walk while using broom to weave ball through 3 cones and then into the goal.

GROUND MANNERS

Grooming

Spray Bottle

Dismounted, obtain spray bottle, spray legs and body.

Dismounted, obtain spray bottle, spray shoulders, chest, legs, and body.

Dismounted, obtain spray bottle, spray throat latch, chest, neck and shoulders.

Mounting

Mount  

Mount facing away from hay.

Mount from the left side, in front of a loose pile of hay.

Mount from the off-side, in front of a loose pile of hay.

HORSEMANSHIP

Backup

L Back

Back straight part of L, stop, walk forward out.

Back the entire L.

Back the entire L, using leg and body signals only.

Forward Movement

Downhill  

From start point, walk downhill, over downed log to end point.

From start point, walk downhill, pause for 3 seconds straddled over downed log, walk to end point.

From start point, walk downhill, pause for 3 seconds straddled over left 1/3 of downed log, side pass right until you pass end point of log, walk to end point.

PRECISION

Gates

Ranch Gate

Walk up to gate, unlatch gate, open, walk through, release gate.

Walk up to gate, unlatch gate, open, walk through gate, close gate, latch gate.

Trot up to gate, unlatch gate, open gate, back through gate, close gate, latch gate.  

Spanish Pole

Forward Circle  

Obtain pole, place one end of pole in center of circle, holding opposite end of the pole, walk for a 360 degree circle.

Rider retrieves pole, place one end of pole in center of circle, holding opposite end of the pole, trot pole for a 360 degree circle.

Rider retrieves pole, place one end of pole in center of circle, holding opposite end of the pole, lope/canter pole for a 360 degree circle.

Turn on the Haunches

Keyhole  

Walk into keyhole, do a 1/2 turn on the haunches, exit at a walk.

Trot into keyhole, stop, do 1 1/2 turns on the haunches, depart at a trot.

Lope into keyhole, stop, do 1 1/2 turns on the haunches, depart at a lope.

Sidepass

Sidepass V

Sidepass right one length of the V.

Sidepass right the entire V.

Sidepass right over the entire V, then sidepass left over the entire V.