Ranch Trail

The ranch trail class contains a course with a minimum of six obstacles and is designed to show a horse's ability and willingness to peform several tasks that might be asked of him during the course of a normal days ranch work.  Whenever possible, realistic or natural obstacles are encouraged.  Also, the course is encouraged to be set outside of an arena using the natural terrain of the land wherever possible.  The horse will be judged at 3 gaits, walk, jog, and lope - performed between 6 obstacles to be determined when the judge chooses the pattern.  A horse will be rewarded  higher credit for performing these gaits on the correct lead and with an alert attitude.  Mandatory obstacles include: opening and closing a gate, dismount, and log drag.  Other obstacles may include: ground tie, putting on and removing a slicker, bridge, riding over logs, roping dummy, back, and sidepass.

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