Slalom between Posts

Slalom between Posts is a Working Equitation obstacle that may be included during the Ease of Handling and/or Speed trials at Working Equitation competitions. This obstacle may be used at any performance level.

An odd number of vertical posts, approximately 2 meters (6.5 feet) in height are placed 6 meters (20 feet) apart in a straight line. A minimum of five posts is required for this obstacle at all levels. Markers indicating the correct side of entry is placed alongside the first post. The posts should be placed on base, not fixed to the ground, so that the post will fall over if struck by the horse. 

The horse and rider navigate the slalom at the gait required for their performance level:

  • Children, Introductory, and Novice A must trot
  • Novice B, Intermediate, Advanced, or Masters must canter

The horse should demonstrate a change of bend, and if cantering, a change of lead, at the center point between the posts.


A judge will give a negative score (4 or less) if the horse and rider fail to perform changes of lead, performs the lead changes poorly, performs the obstacle in counter canter, or knocks over any of the posts. A rider does not have to dismount to reset a fallen post.

As with any Working Equitation obstacle, horses and riders can be disqualified from the trial for failing to correctly complete the obstacle prior to moving on to the subsequent obstacle on the course. A horse and rider may be disqualified from the Slalom between Posts for failing to pass between the entry markers or for weaving incorrectly through the pattern.

A horse and rider will receive a penalty of +10 seconds to their final time during the Speed trial if they knock over a post.

Complete details about the Slalom between Post obstacle can be found in the United States Working Equitation Rules, here.

Last updated January 14, 2017