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Ask the Judge: correct way to enter the ring, correct diagonal and more

What is the best way to enter the ring for an under-saddle hunter class? Always enter at your best gait, and before the class is called to order, show off your best gait. Should you need to get your horse relaxed and tired, cantering is probably your best bet. If his trotting and cantering are not really special, but his manners are, then just walk on a loose rein until the class begins. Please note that if you plan on cantering, do try to stay out of traffic and don’t go so fast as to stir up the other horses. Remember that even though the class has not officially started, the judges are watching, so make it pleasant and enjoyable…this means no “training.” What is the best way to enter the ring for an equitation flat class? Your most comfortable, relaxed position — whether sitting trot, posting trot or cantering…

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