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...
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--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!