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Handy Horse

Handy Horse

A. The course is marked off as shown with square against or
near arena wall. The rider proceeds from the starting line
around both barrels into limed square. Rider must stop in
square and stay there 5 seconds and then cross finish line.
The judge shall signify to the ring steward when the pony
has all four hooves in the square. The ring steward shall
start timing when he receives the signal from the judge
and give an audible signal to go to the rider when 5
seconds have elapsed.
B. When rider hears the “Go” signal, he exits the box and
races across the finish line. The judge should determine
that the pony stays in square.
C. Distances are optional except for square and between
barrels. A whistle is recommended to give audible signal.
D. Disqualification results from rider touching barrel with
hand, or failing to keep pony in the square the required 5
seconds (stepping on the line is considered stepping out of
the square). Knocking down of the barrel is a 5‚Äźsecond
penalty per barrel. Also see Rule 102.
1. After the 5 seconds and the “Go” signal is sounded,
the box shall not be a determining factor for
disqualification.

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