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Ranch Pleasure Class

Gain insight on how to train for an AQHA ranch pleasure class, including how to add forward motion and movement to your gaits.

By Christine Hamilton
The American Quarter Horse Journal
September 30, 2013

Ranch horse pleasure, Jean Abernethy illustration

“What I do with my horses that best prepares them for ranch horse pleasure is done outside. I get out of the pen and I go somewhere," AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Fielding "Bozo" Rogers says in "Borrow a Trainer" in the October Journal. (Jean Abernethy illustration) BELOW: Watch a video that explains the ranch pleasure class.

To understand what AQHA judges are looking for in the ranch pleasure class, you have to think about what a ranch horse has to do. You’ve got to think about what a horse looks like going across a pasture.

“Ranch pleasure is attracting people who maybe haven’t thought about that, and they’re tending to show a horse a little more shut down than what we want to see in the class,” said AQHA Professional Horseman and judge Fielding “Bozo” Rogers.

“For me, the kind of forward motion we want is just having a natural-moving horse, heading out to get a job done. And especially now that I’m older and my back’s not very good, I want them to look like they are soft to ride, something you’d want to sit on for eight or 10 hours. “

Bozo shares his tricks for adding forward motion and movement in his ranch horses, whether for work or to show, in the October edition of “Borrow a Trainer,” a series in The American Quarter Horse Journal.

For Bozo, training for the arena starts in the pasture.

“What I do with my horses that best prepares them for ranch horse pleasure is done outside. I get out of the pen and I go somewhere.”

Be sure to read “Borrow a Trainer” in the October Journal to glean Bozo’s advice for ranch pleasure training, which includes tips on appropriate rein length in a ranch pleasure class, plus exercises to practice in the arena when pasture work just isn’t feasible.

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