Pony – Under 14.2 hands Horse – 14.2 hands and over Western Pleasure < < The class shall be judged on the performance in the class.
Conformation shall not count.
Horses shall be shown at a walk, jog and lope on a reasonably loose rein without undue restraint.
Horses must work both ways of the ring at all three gaits.
Horses will not be asked to extend the lope, but may be asked to extend the jog. Nova Scotia Horse Project – Regulations and Standards 8 < < Horses are to be reversed to inside (away from the rail).
They may be required to reverse at the walk or jog, but shall not be asked to reverse at the lope.
Horses may be asked to back up.
Riders shall not be asked to dismount, except in the event the judge wishes to examine equipment.
A good pleasure horse has a stride of reasonable length in keeping with his conformation.
He has enough cushion to his pastern to give the rider a pleasant, smooth ride.
He carries his head in a natural position, not high and overflexed, but alert and ready to respond to the rider’s commands.
Reins shall be held in one hand.
If split reins are used, one finger is permitted between the reins and the end of the reins must fall on the same side as the reining hand.
In Barrel Racing and Pole Bending, two hands may be used on the reins.
The following shall be considered faults: • Changing hands on reins; • Two hands on reins • More than one finger between reins; • Wrong lead; • Excessive speed; • Excessive slowness; • Breaking gait; • Failure to take the called-for-gait when called for; • Touching the horse or saddle with the free hand; • Head carried too high or too low; • Nosing-out or flexing behind vertical; • Opening mouth excessively; • Stumbling or falling; • Use of leg, spur, or romal, forward of cinch. < < < < < Western Equitation Riders will be judged on seat, hands, legs, and ability to control the horse.
Performance of the horse not to count over the method used by the rider to obtain them. < The judge may ask each rider to work individually, either before or after the rail work.
Individual work will be any manoeuvres the judge feels are necessary to determine the riders horsemanship ability.
The judge, at his discretion, may ask only the finalists to work individually.
Rail work is mandatory.
Horses shall be asked to walk, jog, and lope both ways of the ring.
Both hands and arms shall be held in a relaxed, easy manner with the upper arm in a straight line with the body.
When using romal, all fingers of the reining hand are to be around the reins with the free hand around the romal, at least 40 cm (16 “) from the other hand.
One finger is permitted between reins, if split reins are used.
Reins are to be carried so as to have light contact with the horse’s mouth, and at no time shall the reins Nova Scotia Horse Project – Regulations and Standards 9 < < be carried with more than a slight hand movement from the horses mouth. Trail < Trail class is judged on the performance of the horse over obstacles, with emphasis on manners, response to the rider, and attitude.
Horses shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay while approaching the obstacles.
Time limit for each obstacle is 30 seconds, or 2 refusals.
Credit will be given to those horses negotiating the obstacles with style and some degree of speed, providing carefulness is not sacrificed.
Credit will be given to horses showing the capability of picking their own way through a course when obstacles warrant it, and willingly responding to the rider’s cues on more difficult obstacles.
Horses will not be required to work on the rail.
The course must be designed to require each horse to show the three gaits somewhere between the obstacles.
Only one hand can be used on the reins, except with Junior horses.
It is permissible to change hands prior to working an obstacle, however, after beginning an obstacle, hands cannot be changed.
Six obstacles shall be used, three mandatory and three from the list of optional obstacles.
The course to be used must be posted at least one hour before scheduled time of the class.
Failure to follow course shall cause disqualification.
Failure to complete an obstacle shall not result in disqualification, but in a severe penalty.
The course shall be reset, as it was originally, after each horse has worked.
Enough space should be provided for a horse to jog at least 6 metres (20′) and lope at least 10-13 metres (30-40′) for the judge to evaluate these gaits.
The judge may alter any part of the course that he feels is unsafe. < < < < Read more about Split Reins : If split reins are used one finger is permitted between….: