During Ease of Handling, horses and riders may walk or canter through the ditch. At the Novice level, horses and riders may trot through the ditch. This obstacle is not included at the Introductory level. The judge will give a negative score if the horse and rider jump the ditch or if they refuse the ditch by stopping and stepping backwards.
During the Speed trial, horses and riders may pass through the ditch at any speed.
The water-filled ditch should be at least 5 feet wide and 8 feet long and no deeper than 18 inches total. There must be a visible barrier demarcating the edges of the ditch and the surface at the bottom of the ditch should be safe for horses.
Last updated May 1, 2016.