Ranch Riding Information
According to the AQHA Rulebook, a few keys exhibitors need to know in ranch riding:
Some other notes instructors offered about ranch riding:
The rulebook encourages the use of natural logs in the class.
The exhibitor may post at the trot.
The exhibitor may touch or hold the saddle horn.
Tip: the instructors noted that there is a growing trend of riders standing up in their stirrups for the extended trot.
Manoeuvres to Practice
The instructors generally explained that riders will be penalized for having their horse over bridled, draped reins and being too slow per gait. Transitions are extensive in ranch riding, so the riders practiced transitions from the extended lope to extended trot etc., the side pass and spins, as well as riding over natural logs and practicing the lead change. The lead changes can be flying or simple (in the simple, the lead change must be within three strides or less).
Ranch Riding Patterns