Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ranch Trail, part two

Today's post picks up where yesterday's left off--with the fourth obstacle in the Ranch Trail class which was part of the AQHA Versatility Ranch Horse competition at this year's National Western Stock Show.    

After completing the log jump, each horse and rider team proceeded to a jump standard where they picked up a rope that was tied to a log.
They then drug the log... 
around a simple pattern...
before returning it to the standard.
The fifth obstacle also started with a jump standard.  
Each rider was required to retrieve a rain slicker from the standard...
and carry it... 
 over a series of logs.
After the last log...
the slicker was returned to yet another jump standard! 
The sixth and last obstacle was perhaps both the most difficult and the most entertaining.  The riders were asked to ride to a marker, dismount,
 ground tie their horse,
and walk a simple pattern without their horse following. 
This sounds simple, but most of the horses really, really wanted to follow their riders. 
There were four different methods used to ground tie the horses--two reins down,
 one rein down,
two reins up (method of choice for romals), 
and hobbles. 
And--I know this is in bad taste--but at long last, I've found a performance event for Sue Sudekum's Mr. Tinkles!  Yes, it is ok to take a potty break during the ground tie!
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this Ranch Trail class.  Hope you've enjoyed it as well!


  1. Peeing on command is rather helpful... knew a stallion and several mares who were good at it. Made stalls a *breeze*

    You had a lot more fun than I did that day!

  2. Thank you for all these wonderful photos Jennifer. New performance ideas are so welcome.....Especially ones for stading and walking models!

  3. Part of the reason I liked this class so much was that I could EASILY set up any one of these obstacles with props I already own. There's nothing too fancy, just a lot of simple and interesting!

  4. Oh man, the endurance community is always looking for horses peeing :) heehee, it's one of the things that you want to be able to see so you know your horse is doing ok (by the color and amount).

  5. I did not know that, Shana! The owner of the barn where Rev lives is heavily involved with endurance (breeds for it and also hosts an endurance race every April). I am looking forward to learning a little bit more about the sport as time goes on!

  6. When performance showing in something such as Ranch Trail where there is some sort of obstacle course involved, what do you do for the description papers. You know those papers that show what the model horses are doing? (The word is on the tip of my tongue!)What do we put on them? In some classes, I see papers that have just words and others have just pictures and others have both!

    Thanks, Devon Comstock♥
    PS. I'll remeber what those papers are called later

  7. I like to see an obstacle diagram for anything but the most basic trail class entry. Photos are great, but aren't strictly necessary. A general class description is fine, too, especially if your entry is depicts a specific type of Trail class (i.e. "Ranch Trail" as opposed to just "Trail"). In that case, I would give a brief description of the Ranch Horse division.

    Hope this helps!