Placing a pole in a drum is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be used in the Ease of Handling or Speed trials. This obstacle is often used in combination with the Remove a Pole from a Drum and Skewer a Ring obstacles, but it may be a stand-alone obstacle if other obstacles are performed in between the other two parts (remove/skewer).
Riders are advised to avoid throwing the pole into the drum, as doing so often results in the pole bouncing out.
If the pole falls out, the rider must pick it up and — from horseback — place it back in the drum before proceeding on to the next obstacle. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. At the Introductory level, a member of the ground crew will hand the pole to the rider if the pole should drop.
The complete guidelines for this obstacle can be found in the United States Working Equitation Rules, here.
Last updated September 14, 2017