TREC Obstacle Training Resources


Within the rulebook, each obstacle is listed in Appendix 6 (p65 onwards) with explanations of how it is judged (and therefore what to do for maximum marks.) The dimensions and layout / specifications are also given within Appendix 10, but it should be noted that there is some flexibility given to course designers as the aim us to use real life obstacles where possible and safe. It is a great starting place to help us build our own temporary courses at home!

The rule book groups obstacles by scoring system, namely the gait based ones first, then style (grouped by type, eg compulsory walk ones, terrain ones, jumping ones etc) and finally the two timed immobility obstacles. That is the order in which I shall aim to list video examples.

* Gait marked obstacles*

Remember all of these need to be cantered for 10 points, but a change of gait is very costly – not only for the loss of 3 effectiveness points for changing gait, but because your style is scored in the lowest gait. Therefore if you trot or tölt and make no mistakes, that’s a tidy 7 points (7 effectiveness + 0 for gait.) However, if you canter but break into trot, you now only have an effectiveness of 4, and still 0 for gait.
– Bending
– Clover leaf / shamrock 1 (2 videos):
– Clover leaf / shamrock 2 (2 videos):
– Figure of 8
– Corridor ridden
– Corridor led
– Low branches

* Style marked obstacles*

– Ditch ridden:
– Ditch led:
– Hedge
– Jump
– Path crossing
– Step up
– Step down
– Log / tree trunk ridden
– Log / tree trunk led
– Bank
– Dip
– Ride up
– Ride down
– Lead up
– Lead down

* Walk only:

– Footbridge ridden
– Footbridge led:
– S-bend ridden
– S-bend led
– Staircases (up or down, ridden or led)
– Trailer (led only)
– Water crossing (ridden only)


– Mount:
– Gate ridden
– Gate led (not in rulebook):
– Neck rein ridden
– Neck rein led (not in rulebook)
– Rein back ridden:
– Rein back led (not in rulebook)
– Ticket punch ridden
– Ticket punch led

Timed obstacles
– Immobility led:
– Immobility ridden: