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.
This class will be judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles with an emphasis on manners, response to the rider and quality of movement. Credit will be given to horses negotiating the obstacles with style and some degree of speed, providing correctness is not sacrificed. Horses should receive credit for showing attentiveness to the obstacles and the capability of picking their own way through the course when obstacles warrant it and willingly responding to the rider’s cues on more difficult obstacles.
The 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.
ARH shows ideally run ranch trail classes outside the arena to show the horses ability to work in open spaces.
NOTE: ARH is open to all breeds and saddles can be western or half breed.