Practical Horsemanship A(1)
Name of rider/handler:
Name and age of horse:
Judged by:
Tips and advice by:
For horses and ponies 2 years old and over.
To be lead in a head-collar or halter, with a long rope or lunge rein, or performed at liberty.
Marks will be awarded for horse and handler working harmoniously and calmly together.
A schooling whip or similar may be carried, but communication with the horse should be through posture and/or voice cues as far as possible.
The handler must wear a hard hat.
1Enter at A with horse to the right of handler. X halt. 10
2With the handler remaining at X, send the horse on a 6 meter circle to the left in walk. Halt on the circle. 10
3Change the horse’s direction through a turn on the forehand, and with the handler at X, send the horse on a 6 meter circle to the right, in walk. 10
4Halt on the circle and draw horse back to X. Proceed in walk to B. B track right. 10
5B F A K continue in walk with the horse following at least one meter behind (and as necessary a safe distance to the side) of the handler. 10
6K-M Change the rein, side by side with the horse, leading on the right. C take the centre line. X halt. 10
7Send horse on a 10 metre circle to the left, in trot. Halt on the circle. Change direction through turn on the haunches. 10
8Send horse on a 10 meter circle to the right, in trot. Halt on the circle. Draw horse to handler. 10
9Proceed in walk to C. C track left. H-K send horse ahead of handler so that the handler is at flank level. 10
10K resume usual leading position. F turn left, D, turn right. X halt, salute. 10
11Harmony and understanding between horse and handler (including horse’s manners, willingness to respond to aids given, attitude and ‘facial/bodily expression’) 30
12Total score 130
Tips and advice:
SCORING EXPLAINED; 0=Not performed. 1=Very bad. 2=Fairly bad. 3=bad. 4=Insufficient. 5=Sufficient 6=Satisfactory. 7= Fairly good. 8= Good. 9=Very good. 10= Excellent.
Half marks may be used.