4.1.4. ASHS – EVENTS HANDBOOK Conformation, Movement, Tack and Attire Section 3 – Page 4 Reprinted to Incorporate Amendments 12 February 2013 th 5. VARIATION OF PACES 5.1. 5.2. 5.3. 5.4. 5.5.
Slow – Slower rhythm, shorter stride, impulsion maintained.
Medium – Normal travelling speed, well balanced.
Fast – Faster rhythm, longer stride, horse should be visibly working to maintain its balance in a circle.
Extended – Rhythm should be maintained at medium pace, stride should be lengthened to cover more ground.
Collected – A horse should work on a light rein with a soft responsive mouth, with its nose angled slightly in front of vertical. 6. CLARIFICATION OF TERMS 6.1. 6.2. 6.3. 6.4.
Long Rein – Reins are lengthened to allow the horse to stretch his neck and take up the slack.
Light Rein – Reins lengthened to allow horse to move freely with light contact only.
Loose Rein – Sufficient length of reins to allow more slack than a horse can take up.
Circles – Unless otherwise specified a circle is approximately 20 metres in diameter.
A small circle is 10 metres in diameter.
A horse must bend its body and flex its neck to follow the line of the circle; ie, look where it is going and be balanced.
Figure of Eight – Two equal circles on opposite reins – starting, changing rein and finishing at the same point in the middle of the working area.
After completing the last figure of eight and unless instructed otherwise by the Judge, competitors should change rein and continue with a half circle in the opposite direction and return to the Judge.
Simple Change Walk Through – Through the walk, horse obtains true flat walk for four walk steps.
Calm, smooth and straight upward transition Simple Change – Through the trot, canter down to trot for three well defined trot steps.
Flying Change – Change of leads at canter in a single stride in air, calmly, smooth and straight, in both hind legs and front.
Halt – Coming down through transitions.
Not abrupt but obedient.
Stop – An immediate cessation of forward movement where a horse will elevate slightly in front prior to engaging hindquarters to come to a controlled yet complete stop in a short distance.
Settle – Stand still and relax.
Haunch Turn – A turn in motion where the energy of the horse is not stopped but is redirected in the opposite direction.
The horse begins to turn at the same time as it begins to cease forward motion, taking most of the weight on the inside hind leg which becomes the pivot point for the body while the other legs propel the horse with forward impulsion as it turns and moves out in the opposite direction close to the line of entry.
Roll Back – The horse comes to a complete stop engaging both hind legs, only then does the horse turn 180 degrees over its hocks, moving out on the same line as it entered.
Spin – A movement of 360 degrees or more with the inside hind foot pivoting on the same spot.
Pivot – Halt, turn slowly on hind feet, usually through 90 degrees.
Rein Back – Two time diagonal movement, even rhythm for required number of steps.
Side Pass – At walk, lateral pair of feet step to the side one step, the other pair cross over to make a second step.
Note: Should always be from a halt. 6.5. 6.6. 6.7. 6.8. 6.9. 6.10. 6.11. 6.12. 6.13. 6.14. 6.15. 6.16. 6.17. ASHS – EVENTS HANDBOOK Conformation, Movement, Tack and Attire Section 3 – Page 5 Reprinted to Incorporate Amendments 12 February 2013 th 6.18.
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