Over­tak­ing Other Rid­ers

Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

Ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers learn to de­velop “eyes in the backs of their heads” to nav­i­gate traf­fic safely and smoothly. Un­til you reach that point, you may find it help­ful to have your trainer or an­other helper serve as your eyes on the ground. Ask her to stand out­side the arena and let you know what rid­ers around you are do­ing. For ex­am­ple, she could call out loud to you, “It looks like this rider on the gray is go­ing to turn across the di­ag­o­nal, so make a cir­cle.”

Speak­ing of speak­ing up, if an­other com­peti­tor is be­hav­ing in an ex­tremely in­con­sid­er­ate or dan­ger­ous man­ner, don’t be afraid to bring it to the ring stew­ard’s at­ten­tion. It’s the of­fi­cials’ job to mon­i­tor the warm-up are­nas and re­mind rid­ers to be more con-

Even though Hannah has plenty of space to pass me on the out­side track, she calls out, “On your right,” as she ap­proaches me. This com­mon cour­tesy pre­vents me from be­ing caught by sur­prise and from un­wit­tingly drift­ing into her lane. As she passes, I will turn to look over my shoul­der to ac­knowl­edge her pres­ence and check that I’m still main­tain­ing two horse widths be­tween us.

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