Friday, April 20, 2012

Arena Etiquette--Rules of the Road--need picture


When sharing an arena with other riders, I am always confused about what to do when passing or being passed by another rider.  Here are the “rules of the road” if horses are traveling in opposite directions:
  • If riding at the same gait (for example trotting), pass left shoulder to left shoulder.
  • If riding at different speeds (for example one rider is at a walk and another at a trot), the faster rider passes on the inside.
  • Don’t stop or back up if riding on the rail to avoid a “pile up.” 

From: Mullen, G.  (2008).  Amazing Horse Facts and Trivia.  Chartwell Books, Inc., New York. (p.111)

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