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Double Slalom

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DOUBLE SLALOM

This obstacle is an odd number of vertical posts of 2 metres height. Minimum of 5 posts for LeadLine to Elementary levels, and 7 posts for Advanced and to Masters levels.

 

The posts will be arranged in two parallel lines. The lines will be staggered equally so that the first even‐numbered post is set opposite the midpoint between the first and second odd‐numbered posts.

The distance between the lines and posts within a line will be 6 metres at Masters level and between 7–10 metres for lower levels.

Posts will be set on a base, not sunk into the ground, to allow for ‘give’ in the event a horse contacts the post.

Exit and entrance markers designate these points.

GAIT REQUIRED

The horse will perform loops or half circles of consistent sizes around each post. Each change of direction, with lead change, should be done halfway between the two lines of posts. The horse’s lead and bend should conform with the direction of the turn.

  • At Lead-Line and Introductory the obstacle may be performed at walk or trot.

  • At Preparatory and Preliminary the obstacle must be performed at trot.

  • At Novice the obstacle must be performed at trot.

  • At Elementary the obstacle must be performed at canter with walk-through changes.

  • At Medium and above the obstacle is performed at canter with flying changes.

  • At Novice Level, if the rider canters instead of trotting, the judge(s) will give a mark lower than 5.

An odd number of vertical posts of 2 metres height. Minimum of 5 posts for LeadLine to Elementary levels, and 7 posts for Advanced and to Masters levels.

The posts will be arranged in two parallel lines. The lines will be staggered equally so that the first even‐numbered post is set opposite the midpoint between the first and second odd‐numbered posts.

The distance between the lines and posts within a line will be 6 metres at Masters level and between 7–10 metres for lower levels.

 

Posts will be set on a base, not sunk into the ground, to allow for ‘give’ in the event a horse contacts the post.

 

Flags indicating side of entry are placed on the appropriate side of the first post. Flags indicating the exit are placed on the appropriate side of the last post.

WEDU Rulebook V4

 

JUDGING CONSIDERATIONS
  • The judge(s) will consider the continuity of the action, harmony, and precision of the horse’s movements; the rider’s use of aids; precision of each part of the pattern and the way in which the lead changes are performed.

  • The judge(s) will give a mark lower than 5 if lead changes are not performed or the obstacle is performed in counter canter.

  • The judge(s) will give a mark lower than 5 if one or more posts are knocked over.

 

Sally Thorne comments & tips from Waikora Equestrian Retreat

Pay attention your trot diagonals, and pay attention to your rhythm.

Be aware of the training level of your horse and make your half circles an appropriate size for what your horse can do in balance.

Training Tips
  • Practice trot circles spiralling in and spiralling out.  Spiral in to the point at which if you went smaller your horse would lose rhythm and balance.

  • Practice half circles at trot, break to walk, change bend and half circle again at trot.​

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