Read the rulebook to freshen up on your trail rules and penalties. Photo © Hayley Riddle

Tune-Up Your Trail Knowledge

Trail became an AQHA class in 1964, but it began as a test of a horse’s ability to perform daily ranch routines. Because there were no rules to guide course designers, some of the earlier classes included live animals, dismounts and jumps.

Today, trail has evolved into one of the most popular AQHA classes. It puts an emphasis on a horse’s manners, response to the rider and quality of movement. Like many classes, there are penalties for errors made throughout the class.

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