Construction Five or seven vertical posts or markers, spaced in a straight line 7-10m (equally) apart. A transition marker indicating the entry and exit of the obstacle will be placed on the appropriate side of the first and last post/marker. Performance At Introductory level, the obstacle may be performed at walk or trot. At Preparatory, Preliminary and Novice the obstacle must be performed at trot. At Elementary the obstacle must be performed at the canter with simple changes (through walk). At Medium the obstacle must be performed at the canter with flying changes.
The Single Slalom is to be ridden as a series of shallow loops. Each change of direction should be executed halfway between the posts. The horse’s lead should be in conformity with the bend when performed in the canter. Riders will not dismount if a post is knocked over. The rider will score a (zero) 0 (EOH) or a penalty will apply (Speed) and they will be asked to move onto the next obstacle. Speed Phase In the speed phase, no lead changes are required.
Judging Directives The judge will consider rhythm, bend, balance and symmetry of the loops and smoothness, precision and correctness of each change of direction. A score of 7 or less will be given for: ● Loops of different sizes ● Incorrect bend on any loop ● Change of direction late A score of 5 or less will be given for: ● Breaking gait ● Incorrect bend on more than one loop ● Touching the posts/markers ● Unbalanced/rushed/incomplete changes of direction A score of (zero) 0 will be given for: ● Knocking the obstacle over ● Failure to complete the obstacle ● Obstacle performed at wrong gait ● Any loop at canter completed on the wrong lead
Sally Thorne comments & tips from Waikora Equestrian Retreat
In training, place a marker or spray paint or such in the Center of each gap. Aim for this point to change diagonals and bend.
Try to stay exactly the same distance from each pole as you pass it.
Make it a continuous exercise by doing a loop at the end of the line of poles and coming back the opposite way.
Repeat this a few times till you are happy with the rhythm, tempo and bend of my horse. Then I quit and rest or progress to something else.
Pay attention to diagonals as in the long term correct diagonals are very important to the development of balanced musculature in our horse. We need to become fluent in the execution of diagonal changes.
It is allowed to sit the trot but be careful not to limit the trot to what you can sit and so cramp your horses rhythm.