Try this exercise just before stepping into the competition arena.

Overriding a horse is one horse show mistake that riders often make, says Oklahoma trainer Marilyn Peters, especially when showing in several classes in one day, like you do in ranch versatility.

Here’s a simple exercise she puts horses through just before riding into the show pen. It gets the horse tuned into the rider before each class, without overriding. In the video, Marilyn explains the drill as her daughter, Jamie Peters, demonstrates.

Get more show pen tips from Marilyn Peters in “Set Up Success” by Kate Bradley Byars in the May 2018 issue of Western Horseman. 

Marilyn Peters has more than 40 years experience showing, training, coaching and judging. Her honors include a National Reined Cow Horse Association open two-rein world championship and several American Quarter Horse Association year-end awards and world show top-10 placings.

She and her husband, Pete, own and operate Bar JP Quarter Horses in Edmond, Oklahoma, where they focus on ranch versatility and cow horses. Their daughter, Jamie, is a multiple AQHA and NRCHA champion and NRCHA judge.

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