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In Hand Trail

In Hand Trail

1. These classes are open to Tentative registered
yearling and 2 year old POAs.
2. These classes are open to any age exhibitor.
3. Classes may be broken down: yearlings and 2 year
olds; yearlings; 2 year olds. Fillies, colts and geldings
will show together.
4. Current POAC Rules and Regulations apply.
5. The above rules apply to in‐hand trail classes at all
shows.
6. A pony may be in‐hand trail or ridden, but not both
at any one show.
B. Class Routine
1. The class will be judged on the performance of the
pony over obstacles, with emphasis on manners and
way of going.
2. Credit will be given to ponies negotiating the
obstacles with style, without hesitancy and willingly
responding to the handler’s cues.
a. Special credit should be given to handlers who
can negotiate obstacles without entering the
obstacle or touching the pony.
3. Ponies shall be penalized for any unnecessary delay
while approaching the obstacles.
4. The course must be posted at least one hour before
the scheduled time of the class.
5. Pony is to be led through the course with the
exhibitor on the pony’s left side. The exhibitor
should be positioned between the eye and the midpoint
of the neck. Exhibitor may change sides to
negotiate obstacles.
6. Scoresheets should be made available for the judge’s
use and may be downloaded from the POAC
website.
7. The following will result in a no score on a particular
obstacle but does not mean disqualification from the
class:
a. Doing obstacle differently than described on
the pattern.
b. Missing or not attempting an obstacle.
8. The following shall be penalized at judge’s
discretion:
a. Leading pony in front or ahead of him.
Entering an obstacle with the pony, except
serpentines, triangular back‐throughs, gates or
other obstacles in which the handler must
enter to work the obstacle.
b. Touching pony with hand or foot in attempt to
cue the pony.
9. The following will result in disqualification:
a. Not doing the obstacles in prescribed order.
b. Illegal equipment.
c. Willful abuse.
d. Major disobedience: rearing, schooling, etc.
e. Three refusals/evades on an obstacle.
f. Also see Rule 102.
10. If disrupted, the course shall be reset after each
pony has finished the course.
11. At least six obstacles must be used. Those may be
selected from the list in Rule 116, except as follows:
a. There shall be no cantering on course.
b. When opening and closing the gate, only the
left hand should be used.
c. Handler should walk beside the bridge.
d. On back‐throughs that are L shaped, straight
or U shaped, the handler should stay on the
outside of the obstacle.
e. On V‐shaped back‐throughs, the handler
should stand on the outside of the V; on a V
walk‐through, the handler should stand on the
inside of the V.
f. On triangular barrels back‐throughs or
serpentine back‐throughs, the handler is
allowed to enter the obstacle.
g. On straight trot‐overs or walk‐overs, the
handler should be on the outside of the poles.
h. On 360 degree turns inside a box of poles, the
handler is allowed to step inside the corners of
the box.
i. Walk‐overs and trot‐overs may be in a half
circle or fan shaped. The handler may work
outside the half circle or stand at the apex of
the half circle on the inside.
12. Unacceptable obstacles are listed under Rule 116.
13. The judge must walk the course and has the right
and duty to alter the course by removing or
changing any obstacle that he deems unsafe or nonnegotiable.
If at any time a trail obstacle is deemed
unsafe by the judge, it shall be repaired or removed
from the course. If it cannot be repaired and ponies
have completed the course, the score for that
obstacle shall be deducted from all previous works
for that class.
C. Tack and Attire. May be shown in either western or hunt
seat attire. See Rules 105 and 107.
1. Ponies must be shown in a halter, regular or show
type is acceptable. The lead shank may be a regular
type or show type. Shank may have a chain, which
may be used over the nose, under the chin or
through the lead ring on the halter and snapped
back to the chain next to the lead strap.
2. Lip chains are strictly forbidden

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