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.
Execution – The obstacle is entered in the prescribed gait. If there are not flags marking the exit of the obstacle, the obstacle is complete when the horse has broken the plane between the two final posts. The line of travel should be weaving through the posts rather than loops around the posts. Lead changes must be performed as prescribed for that level. Changes of bend and lead are to be executed at each change of direction, in the line and midway between the posts. The horse’s lead and bend should be in conformity with the turn.
EASE OF HANDLING
The horse and rider navigate the slalom at the gait required for their performance level:
- Children, Introductory, Novice A and Novice B must trot
- Intermediate, Advanced, and 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.
DISQUALIFICATION AND SPEED PENALTIES
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 Single Slalom 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.
For complete details about this obstacle and its requirements, reference the U.S. Working Equitation Rules, here.
Last update 12/31/2018