View Full Version : Walking a course... with the horse?

Aug. 2, 2009, 02:59 PM
I was looking through some pictures taken at the Showplace Spring Spectacular Hunter Derby and I came across this one:


Can somebody please explain to me why the heck there are horses in the ring before their round? Don't tell me we're allowed to let our horses sniff the jumps before we ride our courses now. :lol:

Aug. 2, 2009, 03:54 PM
I think derby rules state they have to jog for soundness well before the class starts, so I'm guessing that's what this is.

Aug. 2, 2009, 04:06 PM
Would they jog in coolers?

Aug. 2, 2009, 04:12 PM
Some derbies allow hacking in the ring prior to the class and others allow handwalking. It seems to vary from show to show.

Aug. 2, 2009, 04:48 PM
every derby i have seen the grooms walk the horses through the ring and let them look at the jumps while the riders walk it This is how it is done at WEF so I assume it is the norm... i find it ridiculous since it is supposed to show the braveness and briliance of the horse and how are they being brave if they have already seen the jumps
? but that's just my opinion