Question regarding a Tradition
by now I have "outed" myself more than once for "not being from around here". Back in Germany and Austria we have a whole plethora of traditions, unwritten laws and silent codes of conduct on how to behave in and around the horse world. Some of them make sense, some of them are... hrm.. amusing at best.
I am always curious in figuring out which of those have made it across the ocean and are used here as well.
Specifically, I am curious about one particular tradition.
- Indoor/Outdoor/covered/etc. Riding Arena
- 1+ Rider inside, riding, exercising their horse
- 1 Rider about to join the arena
--> Before walking into the Arena, he calls out "Tor frei, bitte!" and waits until one of the riders (traditionally the most experienced rider answers, however practically the ones closest to the door answer) in the arena calls back "Tor frei!" Only then does he enter the Arena.
"Tor frei, bitte" means "Is the door clear?" and "Tor frei" accordingly means "Door is clear".
This is to prevent someone just strutting into the Arena and crashing into a horse cantering by.
Is there an equivalent here in the United States? :)