horse negotiating ranch trail walk through

Ranch trail is an entry level class

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Ranch Trail Class

The Ranch Trail class is a course with a minimum of six obstacles and is designed to show a horse’s ability and willingness to perform several tasks that might be asked of him during the course of a normal day’s ranch work. The purpose of the Ranch Trail class is to showcase how the ideal ranch horse responds to the rider’s slightest cues to perform maneuvers and negotiate through obstacles.

Those obstacles can include crossing over a bridge, walking and trotting over poles, carrying buckets or other items, dragging a tree branch, negotiating uneven terrain, backing through hay bales, entering and exiting a small yard of cattle, moving cattle in a yard around an obstacle quietly, side passing poles, negotiating fallen logs and branches, negotiating a water walk over. There are many interesting and challenging obstacles that can be included.

The horse will be judged on three gaits – a ground-covering walk, a working jog, and a lope. The horse should perform with a reasonably loose rein that maintains contact with the horse. A horse will be rewarded with higher credit for performing these gaits on the correct lead and with an alert attitude.

NOTE: ARH is open to all breeds and saddles can be western or half breed.

This is a nice example of novice amateur ranch trail class. This was the horses first show.