FITE Obstacle 20 – Ridden Steady In The Saddle

Ridden Steady in the Saddle Sheet (.pdf) | Ridden Steady in the Saddle Score Sheet (.pdf)

CHARACTERISTICS

The steady in the saddle phase is completed on flat ground in a 2.5m diameter circle drawn on the ground.

– The rider enters the obstacle in the saddle.
– The rider has 10 seconds to position the horse and release the reins after the first hoof crosses the line of the circle.
– A rider positioning the horse in the circle cannot be given circling penalties.
– The stopwatch is started when the rider has placed the reins freely on the horse’s neck.
– The lead rope must be attached.
– When the rider takes hold of the reins or the horse’s hoof goes outside the circle, the stopwatch stops.
– Use of the voice is authorised.

EQUIPMENT

– 1 circle 2.5m in diameter marked on the ground.
– 1 red and white flag on a single stick.
– 1 number.
– 2 stopwatches.
– Plaster, sand, or other.

OBJECTIVES

To demonstrate the horse’s submission and calmness.
The rider receives 1 point per second whilst the horse is inside the circle.

EFFECTIVENESS FAULTS

Circling, running out, refusal, rectified obstacle error.

TIME

Time during which the horse remains stationary in the circle.

PENALITIES

– Brutality
– Fall of horse or rider
– Dangerous method
– Stoppage time not respected to position the horse in the circle and let go of the reins.