Parade Group Information
Horse Tack Drill
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These guidelines are for the safety of our
group, the pedestrians and for positive representation of Paso Finos and to keep
parades fun for all!
All horses need to be well behaved, steady,
gait well and be able to line up close without kicking or biting.
Horses should not be green and need to have some small town parade experience before
in the large Houston downtown parades.
Please do not take your horse up to any pedestrian or to the crowds during the
parade to be
petted. Be safety conscious and consider what could happen if your horse
It is recommended not to have plain shoes on
your horse. If you feel you horse may slip or not be steady on pavement,
Barefoot or Borium studded shoes will give better traction. Your horse will need to be
able to gait-corto and perform in the drills.
If someone dismounts, horses around should
stand still until the rider is back on their horse and settled.
At the end of the parade, all horses in our
group will ride back together as a group, back to the parking area, behind the
lead riders. *Do not
rush back* in a Largo, - slow corto or walk as a group and watch for your
fellow rider. STAY TOGETHER and go slow for safety!
We are representing the Paso Fino breed and
all the Paso Fino
Horse Associations. We need to reflect a positive image as a friendly group
having fun that welcomes people in with open arms.
honored to be repeatedly allowed and invited to ride in these parades even though they
sometimes limit the number of horse-back groups allowed to participate.
Please watch your language, No alcohol, No
bickering, any disputes at the time will be settled by the parade chairman and
may be discussed over at a later date.
Please look for the positive, offer to help if
needed, have fun and
Paso type Hat (Winter-Black Felt; Summer-Tan Straw)
White Long-sleeved Shirt, Tuxedo shirts preferred
TX Sequin Vest
Red Ribbon Hat Band
Women: TX Sequin Vest with Yellow Rose is fine
Red toned makeup to match with red in outfits.
Men: Black western string tie
Children: Helmet Required (Winter-Black; Summer -White)
Helmet covers make changing colors easy
Western Riders: Regular White Long-sleeved Shirt
Everyone: Smiles and positive outlook!
Black Dressage Saddle
Small saddle pad to go between horse and Paso Pad (provided)
Black or Brown Bridle and Reins
Western Saddle - dark colors preferred
Small western saddle pad to go between horse and Paso Pad (provided)
Western type bridles preferred
Western hat acceptable (Winter - Black Felt; Summer - Tan Straw)
For the Rodeo Parades:
Breast Color acceptable - Lariat or Riata on saddle if available
Western Chaps for rider if available - Black or Dark colored preferred
**Please use a small saddle pad, so it won't show from under the red paso
Watch Weather Forecasts:
For Cold Weather: layer up Long johns etc. for insulation
If Raining: Clear hat covers, clear raincoats or ponchos.
For warm-hot weather: Bring water from home for your horse, for after
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Phone (903) 344-2806
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This Drill is used when the
parade is moving.
Instructions & Line Up
*Rider (A) will always go in front of rider (B) in the crossing. *(See
diagram to the right.) You may want to print it out.
Listen for the whistles,
they are your cues when to start.
One sharp whistle means to move out to the street sides
from pairs, (or) back to pairs if you are out on the curb.
Make sure when out wide on the street sides, that you watch your partner
to keep even.
Two whistles are the cue to Cross, focus on your partner
so that you cross in the middle, one right in front of the other.
Everyone essentially starts
drill at the same time. This will look very neat as we cross in
*Watch & Talk to Your partners!
working in Pairs *
**Rider (A) needs to pay
attention and keep their speed up during the cross, yet slow down if
needed for their partner to catch up on the side lines.
**Rider (B) needs to watch to cross closely behind
I will pair us back up before any turns, to take the turns in formation.
During the drills the pairs
will not be able to wave as much being you will be turning often and
need to keep an eye on each other and the pair in front. We can wave
when in formation and any line riders will be able to wave more.
All Riders: You want to keep
about 1 1/2 horse length between you and the horse in front of you and the
horse(s) beside you.
Keep your line even, you
should line up shoulder to shoulder in your rows or pairs. This takes
checking often and communicating to each other.
In some parades
there will be line riders, 3 across in the back that will stay in
formation for the entire parade and not do drills.
Water Fall Drill
This Drill is used when the parade is at a stand
Follow the Horse
in Front of you.
Keep your spaces 1 1/2 horse length apart.
Move up the street and split where the pair in front of you parted.
Watch your partner, signal-communicate to each other, for when to split
and when to come back together. A head nod from one rider works
even with each other, Especially when out on the sides.
Watch to see if you need to slow down or speed up, this may depend on
your distance between your pair and the pair in front of you.
Keep your horse in gait and moving through this drill.
will return to your original place, when the drill is through.*