Tips for a proper and successful horse inspection…YOUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THE BEST ‘FIRST IMPRESSION’ FOR THE GROUND JURY
- Remember the purpose of this inspection-your opportunity to present yourself and your horse to the officials…so plan to make a GREAT EXPERIENCE! Be courteous and greet them with friendly politeness, making eye contact and in a relaxed manner; do not rush the process but do not have the GJ waiting on you either…
- Dress accordingly and sensibly; even though they may look awesome, spike heels are not appropriate to run down a grass strip jogging a horse behind you!
- After presenting your horse, wait for the nod from the GJ to then proceed…first a few steps of walk then into the trot. Back to the walk as you approach the turn. “Control’ the turn so as not to risk a fall of you or your horse! The resume the trot once you are straight on the jog lane and continue your trot past the Ground Jury to the end of the land.
- Remember to turn the correct way at the turnaround point and to place your bridle number on the side facing the Ground Jury before you begin
- Practice at home! so that your horse will obediently stand for the official inspection, then promptly walk a few steps then promptly trot; avoid having to ‘pull’ your horse down the jog lane