The Milton Course.
10 Obstacles.
Competitive
League points
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1.Gate.
Handler to halt equine in front of the gate.
Open the gate right to left, hook the rope back or place on the ground.
Pass through together, turning so you are both facing the gate.
Fasten the gate.
Judges perspective.
A calm halt in front of the gate.
An acknowledgement by the handler to equine.
Equine remaining standing quietly when the gate is opened.
A clear invite to proceed
Equine coming through quietly and turning.
A calm halt whilst the gate is closed.
A relaxed rope.
Flow of communication.
2.Task 1.
At A. halt and invite the equine to connect.
Procced to B. SLOW small steps.
At B. halt show immobility.
Proceed to C. LONG, SLOW steps, synchronized.
At C. halt show immobility.
Judges perspective.
A calm halt a A. 
A clear invite by the handler to the equine to connect.
SLOW small steps, both the equine and handler moving slowly, the equine shortening his stride.
A calm halt at B.
Calm and quiet "asks" by the handler.
Long, slow synchronized steps - the equine lengthening his stride - handler and equine stepping together, synchronized.
A calm halt at C. immobility.
Flow of communication.
A relaxed rope.
A relaxed arm and hand.

 
3. Feet First.
Equine and handler to halt at the 1st pole.
Handler to step over the 1st pole - move in front and face the equine.
Invite equine to step over - front feet only.
Handler to step back and over the 2nd pole - equine must wait.
Handler to invite equine to step into the space between the 2 poles - and wait.
Handler to invite the equine to step over the 2nd pole, front feet only - and wait.
Handler to step back over the 3rd pole.
Invite equine to step into the space between the 2nd and 3rd poles - and wait.
Handler to invite the equine to step over the 3rd pole, front feet only - and wait.
Handler to invite the equine to step over the 3rd pole - hind feet.
Handler to move back to leading position and proceed.
Judges perspective.
Calm halts.
Clear, quiet "asks"
Equine confident to step over and between poles.
Good body position and language from the handler.
Good communication flow.
A relaxed lead rope.
A relaxed arm and hand.

 
4. Flag.
Approach flag and halt, connect with equine.
Handler to pick up flag.
Wave flag in a figure of eight pattern in the air - 3 times, shoulder height of handler, facing away from the equine.
Put flag down.
( Wet ground ? place flag in a cone or similar )
Judges perspective.
A calm and confident approach to flag, by the equine.
A calm halt - standing quietly when the flag is picked up.
Handler showing awareness of the equines reactivity when the flag is waved.
Appropriate height waving of flag, ensuring it is not taking the equine over threshold.
Not waving the flag in the equines face or over his body.
Equine standing quietly interested and watching the flag but not showing concern.
Relaxed and calm body language, both equine and handler.

 
5. Task 2.
Halt at A. show immobility and connect. the marker should be on your right.
Proceed in walk to B.
Halt at B. change leading side from near side (left) to off side (right)
Proceed to C. make anti clockwise turn around marker - you should be on the outside of the equine.
Proceed to B. 
Halt and change leading side
Proceed to A. halt show immobility.
Judges perspective.
A calm halt, correct positioning, marker the right.
A clear invite from the handler to the equine to connect.
No hesitation from the equine to proceed.
Correct changing of the leading position side.
Correct turn around the marker. and distance of turn - should stay close to the marker.
Immobility in halt.
Correct leading position throughout. "partnership leading position "
A relaxed lead rope.
A relaxed arm and hand.
Good authenticity.
6. Tarpaulin.
Handler to "send" the equine only over the Tarp.
Handler to remain outside.
Judges perspective.
A clear "send by the handler.
A calm and confident approach and crossing by the equine.
No hesitation.
Good communication flow.
Maintenance of leading position.

 
7. Weave.
Handler to direct the equine around the cones.
The equine should enter the weave through the NEAR side shoulder.
Handler to remain walking outside of the cones.

 
Judges perspective. 
Enter the weave correctly.
Good use of body language by the handler.
Good partnership work.
Maintenance of leading position through out.
A soft relaxed connection with lead rope.
Good communication flow
8. Touch.
Handler to present and invite the equine to touch and acknowledge the obstacle with his nose.
Judges perspective.
A calm confident approach.
No hesitation.
A clear presentation and invite by the handler.
A confident acknowledgement by the equine.
Good authenticity.
9. Task 3.
Halt at C. show immobility.
Invite equine to connect.
Proceed in walk to B.
Halt with the marker on your left.
Turn left and complete an anti clockwise turn around the marker B.1.
You will be between the marker and the equine.
Cross your path at B. and continue to B.2.
Make a clockwise turn around the marker, you will be on the outside.
Procced to B. and halt - you have just completed a figure of eight.
Turn right and proceed to C.
Halt and show immobility.

 
Judges perspective.
A calm halt.
A clear invite by the handler to the equine to connect.
A correct turn and distance around the marker - staying as close as possible to the marker throughout the turn.
Good immobility.
Good maintenance of the partnership leading position.
A relaxed soft contact and rope.

 
10. Task 4.
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A moment of stillness.
And to finish, the handler to halt the equine in front of and facing the chair.
The handler to sit down quietly and invite the equine to him.
Breathe, relax and connect.
Use the time to say "Thank you"
Stand up when you are ready.
You have finished.

 
Judges perspective.
The energy of the handler and equine should be low, calm and relaxed.
On sitting down the equine should move to and connect with the handler.
With the lowering of the energy the equine should display a lowering of his head and neck.
The overall feeling should be one of mutual relaxation.
There is no time limit to sitting down.
Nothing should look hurried.

 

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