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MelanieC
Jul. 20, 2010, 07:46 PM
I stumbled upon an Arabian for sale that has apparently been extensively shown in "hunter pleasure" and "rail" classes. I know basically zippo about Western show classes. I kind of think I sort of understand what "hunter pleasure" is, but have no idea what "rail" classes are or what it means to show a horse "on the rail." Any enlightenment for this dressage snob?

CR Gorge Girl
Jul. 20, 2010, 07:59 PM
It's a flat class... WTC on the rail, both directions. Sometimes they ask for extensions of jog/trot or lope/canter.

MyGiantPony
Jul. 21, 2010, 09:32 AM
IIRC, rail classes are judged on the horse, as opposed to horsemanship (equitation) classes, where a pattern (off the rail) may be required.

mypaintwattie
Jul. 21, 2010, 04:45 PM
IIRC, rail classes are judged on the horse, as opposed to horsemanship (equitation) classes, where a pattern (off the rail) may be required.

At some shows you will find Western Eq. on the rail- a rail class takes less time than an individual pattern class. But basically a rail class is run like what has already been said- on the rail.