By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse JournalAugust 18, 2014
"Always try to ride perpendicular to your first pole," AQHA Professional Horseman Tommy Sheets said August 2 at the 2014 Ford Youth World's Ride the Pattern trail clinic. (Credit: Journal)
When showing in a trail class, there is an art to staying out of the penalty box. That art comes down to knowing where your horse's legs are, says AQHA Professional Horseman Tommy Sheets.
"You have to ride every single pole," the New Albany, Indiana, trainer said during the Nutrena Ride the Pattern trail clinic at the 2014 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show.
Tommy focused on the prelims pattern for the 2014 Ford Youth World trail class. The insights that he offered, however, can be applied to any course for trail-class success.
A walk stride is 2 feet, a trot stride is 3 feet and a lope stride is 6 feet.
@AQHAJournal first tweeted these tips from Tommy Sheets live at the Ford Youth World’s Ride the Pattern trail clinic, sponsored by Nutrena, in Oklahoma City. If you’re looking for more trail insights, the 2014 Adequan Select World Championship Show will feature a Ride the Pattern trail clinic at 9 a.m. on August 24 in Amarillo. Follow @AQHAJournal on Twitter for updates from the clinic.
Download the patterns from the 2014 Ford Youth World at www.aqha.com/youthworld.
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