Do I need a yardful of obstacles to get started in Working Equitation?
Is it handy to have access to all of the variations of Confederation-approved obstacles? Sure. But versions of many of the obstacles can be simulated or created using things that are likely already hanging around your barn.
Trotting or Jumping Poles for the "Sidepass", the "L", the "Corridor", "Livestock Pen"
Barrels for the "Figure 8", "Barrels", "Jug"
Cones or Bending Poles for the "Slalom", "Double Slalom", "Figure 8", "Barrels"
Jump standards can be affixed with a bell, or a apply some velcro to a diving ring for "Spearing the Ring", a rope can tied to one standard and looped around another for the "Gate"
Print out a copy of the Obstacles Appendix from the rules page on confederationwe.us read up on the measurements bring a measuring tape out to your riding area.
Check out our Calendar for upcoming clinics where you and your horse can try out other farm's obstacles, even within the regulations there is great variety in the obstacles themselves. It's good to familiarize your horse with variations.