Riding Level 2: Ring Etiquette
Just like the theatre, dining room and public road, the riding arena has its own, often unspoken, rules of conduct. Unlike the question of which fork to use for salad, arena rules are there for safety. In your level 2 riding test we want you to:
14. Demonstrate safety and good manners in group
Because a picture is worth a thousand words, Eleanor, Isabel and Kate have compiled this set of photos to illustrate ring manners. Many of these rules are common sense, but when you are focussed on your own horse it’s easy to lose track of others in the ring. Keep a peripheral awareness of other horses and people, and at least one horse-length between you and everyone else. Politeness and safety go hand in hand, and make for a pleasant riding experience for everyone.