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The Handler's Horse
A handler must be able for focus his or her attention on the dog at all times. As such, the handler horse must be a confident, obendient machine. These horses are typically quicker, more forward horses. This horse must tolerate dogs jumping or being lifted to the saddle and riding with the handler. Dogs are also "roaded" or led from the handler's horse. The handler's horse must also be willing to short lope on occasion.

The Judge's Horse
A judge spends LONG hours in the saddle, so the judge must have a smooth gaited horse with good endurance. The judges attention must be focused on the dog, so an obedient, quiet horse is a must. The horse must be confident enough to leave the herd and stand quietly with the judge.

The Scout's Horse
The scout's job is to find and return dogs who may not be in sight of the handler. The scout's horse must quickly and surefootedly navigate some of the most treacherous terrain faced by modern horses. The horse has to be confident enough to ride out completely alone without so much as a whinny. These forward, ready-to-go-in-an-instant types are the daredevils of the field trial string.

The Gallery Horses
The gallery horses are the gentry of the field trial string. They don't have to go crashing through the underbrush like the scout's horse, but they do have an important job. Galley horses must be mild-mannered, quiet horses. The should be suitable for ALL level of riders, including children. Many gallery horses pack along the non-riding family and guests of the owners. No shenanigans are permitted. In fact, many gallery horses should qualify for sainthood based on the level of inexperience they quietly tolerate.

 

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What does it mean to be a field trial horse?
That depends on the purpose of the horse, but in general field trial horses must:

  • load and trailer well
  • stand quietly while tied to the trailer
  • start and stop quickly and without fuss
  • ride alone or in a group
  • navigate rough terrain in a surefooted manner
  • tolerate horses coming into and leaving the group quickly and without notice
  • tolerate ropes brushing up against (head, sides, legs, etc.)
  • tolerate gun shots without warning
  • tolerate birds flying out from brush unexpectedly
  • endure up to 3 hours of work at a time
  • cover ground quickly, efficiently and comfotably for the rider
  • tolerate loud whistles, handler calls and shouts without flinching
  • tolerate dogs underfoot (kicking will get you banned!)
  • tolerate dogs running up abruptly and often through the horses' legs
  • optional but preferred: stake-out (graze while collared and tethered to a stake in the ground)