How to have Trail Obstacle Success

Learning Horses Archive on June 19, 2008, 7:23

Trail Obstacle has always been one of my favorite classes in shows. Here are a few simple tips to bump up your scores and keep you in the ribbons.

1. Let your horse observe the object. Good trail horses look at things but continue without hesitation, your judge is looking for this.

2. Go slow. We often rush which can cause a horse be less precise. When backing through barrels or stepping over poles, slower is better. A good trail horse will go step by step rather than rushing through something difficult.

3. Mix it up. So your horse will walk over a blue tarp, but