Judging the CQHA trail obstacle challenge at the Happy Trails Horse Park , my score sheet reflected the connection (and patience!) of horses and riders. When you think about it, the horse doesn’t know if that water obstacle is 2 ft or 20 ft deep. He doesn’t know that the bridge REALLY IS sturdy and well built – his prey animal, self-preservation compels him to be naturally wary. The most successful riders, sympathetic to their horse’s hesitation, waited before wading in. Stood still before stepping up. With the adrenaline lowered, the horse was supple to their cues. When it comes to working with horses, slower is often faster, isn’t it?