Ask The Judge: model/line class handler position, rewarding your mount and more
I'm a handler in a model or line class. Where does the judge want me to stand so that I'm not obstructing his or her view? I want you to stand directly in front of and slightly to the side, so that I have a direct line of sight to the front legs (the horse's, not yours). It is critical that you remain stationary and not dodge or guess where I want to look next. This only serves to make my job more difficult; I know what I am looking for and can find it easier without distraction. At the end of an under-saddle class the judge asks us to walk and line up. I often see others do a final pass at the trot - should I do this? No. Walk does not mean trot. I am specifically watching for a proper, mannerly walk to the line-up and then,…
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