Backing an “L”

Backing up in an ‘L’ is one of the Working Equitation obstacles that may be included on the Ease of Handling (EOH) or Speed trial courses. This obstacle is not used at the Children or Introductory levels.

To complete this obstacle, the horse and rider must proceed forward through the ‘L,’ halt at the end, ring the bell or pick up the cup, back out of the ‘L,’ and (if relevant), place the cup. Competitors may enter the obstacle at the following gaits:

  • Novice: Walk or trot
  • Intermediate and Advanced: Walk or canter
  • Masters level: Canter

If entrance and exit flags are used with this obstacle, the horse and rider must pass between the flags with the red flag on their right and the white flag on their left. When exiting the obstacle, the horse and rider must back between the flags in order to complete the obstacle.

Working Equitation Backing an 'L' EOH obstacle
Dori Johnson and Sandhaven Promise. Photo by Kellee Cambell.

Complete details about this obstacle can be found in the latest version of the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.

Last updated December 15, 2016