Horses asked to back through an L shaped obstacle


  • Obstacles may be poles on ground or larger like hay bales or barrels
  • Lower divisions may be asked to back through only a straight portion without making a turn
  • May be asked to walk in, halt, back out

How is it Judged?

  • Horse should be straight
  • Horse should not come in contact with the obstacle or step out of bounds
  • Subtle cues rewarded
  • Rider should be balanced
  • Riders should look behind them before backing. Riders should return to a balanced position before proceeding to back.
  • Reward careful and slow movements
  • Horse should not show resistance (head toss, shake, opening mouth etc)