Ask the Judge: counting strides, flexion in equitation, whip use and more

When you are judging line classes, do you acknowledge the handlers or just focus on the horse? It really is all about viewing the horse, so I am focused on the animal, not the handler. If I am greeted by the handler, I will keep my response cordial and short, then move on to my job of assessing the horse and where I will place him. In a flat class a horse or pony gets loose. What should you do as the judge? Immediately have the class walk, or better still, halt until the loose horse is caught. Once caught, send the class back on the rail at a walk for a while to settle, as the horses are likely excited from the antics of the loose one. When it looks as though calm has been restored, resume the class at the last gait called for. Does it bother you…

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