The first obstacle--a bridge--is probably familiar to most performance showers. Bridges can be short or long, plain or with rails. This particular one is short and rail-less. Smoothly up and across. Some courses may require competitors to halt and stand quietly once they are atop the bridge. This one did not.
The dun horse came in a touch crooked...
and got just a little bit stuck across the top.
He recovered nicely but wasn't as smooth and polished as the grey horse. All things being equal, I'd prefer to see this obstacle paired with a model who is walking in a straight line. If you really want to use your turning model, be sure to position him a bit further away from the bridge. That way he would conceivably have time to get into the proper (straight) position before stepping onto the obstacle. Also remember that horses walk over bridges--please use a different obstacle for your jogging Zippos and Stone Western Pleasure Horses!
The tarp is similar to the bridge in that it asks the horse to walk across an unfamiliar surface. Please note that some breed associations specifically prohibit the use of tarps in trail classes. Be sure to specify that your model is showing in an open show when using this particular obstacle.
Most of the horses did this willingly...
although a few needed to stop and look first.
The corners of the tarp were held down with tent stakes. It may be more practical to use small weights of some sort in model scale.Safely across and on to the next obstacle!