Tuesday, January 26, 2016

What is "rating"?

Rating is controlling a horse's pace when working at speed. For example, a jockey not allowing a horse to go to the front too early, a show jumper slowing the canter to get the right number of strides, or a cutting horse staying parallel to a cow.

A horse that is "hard to rate" is one that consistently wants to go faster than the desired pace, and which objects to being rated by throwing the head, rushing or otherwise showing a negative reaction to the rider.

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