Pass Left Hand to Left Hand
When riding together in an arena, try to ride in the same direction as the other riders. If this isn’t possible then pass left hand to left hand.
Share the Arena
Riders tracking left should always stay on the rail or the outside track.
Riders tracking right are the “passers” and should travel to the inside track around others who are coming head on.
Rules of the Road
Pass Left Hand to Left Hand just like driving a car in the USA.
Don’t Allow for a Great Escape
Close all doors and gates closed. A horse could bolt through an open gate and escape.
Many schooling areas and show rings may not have a gate that can be closed – try to position parents or trainers to block these open areas, especially in the case of less experienced riders!
Don’t Interrupt Lessons
If flatting or riding while a lesson is in progress, give priority to riders in the lesson.
Be Courteous & Communicate Your Intentions
When walking or cooling down, find an area where you are out of the way of riders who are schooling.
Be upfront about your intentions! Don’t be afraid to announce where you are traveling i.e. “Inside!” “Outside!”
Do not stop, dismount or mount around traffic.
If you must stop in a busy schooling area, find somewhere toward the center or next to a jump that is safe to pull up and will not disrupt other working riders.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
It is the responsibility of the more capable and advanced riders to navigate around the less skilled
Remember that small children on ponies lack the steering capabilities that more experienced riders do! Give them ample space, shorten your turns and stay toward the center of the arena to give them a safe area on the rail.
In An Emergency, Always Stop
If another rider falls off or a horse gets loose, all other riders must stop.
In certain situations, especially if a rider is endangered by being mounted on their own horse, it is appropriate to dismount!
Keep a Safe Distance Between Horses
Try to keep at least a horse distance between you and other horses, and especially if the horse in front of you has a ribbon in its tail.
Safe Distance Tips
Keep a horse length in between yourself and others.
Don’t crowd other riders and horses.
Keep at least one-horse length in between you and the next horse to avoid being in the range where you could be kicked.
Leave enough passing room from a horse on the rail to avoid being close enough to be kicked or bitten by another horse.
Horse Tail Ribbon Colors Explained
The colors of a tail ribbons on a horse have specific meanings, and let the other riders know about potential problems, or if the horse is for sale.
If a horse is wearing a certain ribbon in their tail, it can be an indication of certain behaviors.
Be Aware of the Body Language of Other Horses
If other horses seem tense or nervous, try to be extra mindful of their space and avoid riding near them.