Herding Animals from Pen to Pen

Herding animals from pen to pen may be included on course during the Working Equitation Ease of Handling trial. This obstacle is not used at the Introductory or Novice level and it is never included during the Speed trial.

To complete this obstacle, the horse and rider open the gate to enter the first pen and close this gate while carrying the pole. They then open the gate between the two pens, herd the animals from the second pen into the first, and exit the obstacle (still carrying the pole). As needed, the rider may lean the pole against the fence in order to open and close the gates.

Two pens, one containing animals such as sheep or calves, separated by a gate in the middle. The pens must be between 4 and 6.5 feet tall and be secure enough to safely hold the animals. If this obstacle is not used in conjunction with the retrieve a pole / replace a pole obstacles, then a drum should be placed near the pen for the pole.

Last update May 1, 2016