Proposed USEF

“QUICK LIST” FOR PROPOSED USEF/MORGAN RULE CHANGES — 2017
It has been a guiding principle for the USEF Morgan Committee that the rules that govern our competitions be understandable and user friendly. Rules should say what they actually mean. Rules are to help us to compete with our horses safely and fairly and we appreciate your participation in this rule forum to help us achieve that goal. These proposals have been submitted by either individual USEF members or the USEF/Morgan Committee.
Rule # 1
SUBCHAPTER MO-1 MORGAN-General
1. The Morgan is shown in all its natural beauty with a full mane, forelock and tail. Braiding is permitted
only in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage, Sport Horse, and Carriage Pleasure Driving. Braiding is also permitted in
performance and equitation classes when shown under proper hunter, dressage, sport horse, or carriage
driving tack and attire.
2. The use of any device in the ring to alter the natural carriage of the tail or ears shall result in
disqualification. The steward may check for appliances to alter the ear carriage when measuring feet for
championships. Rubber bands, an inconspicuous braid or tape in the forelock are permitted. In harness
classes, an inconspicuous braid in the end of the tail is permitted to allow it to be fastened to the driving
vehicle.
3. The use of supplemental hair on the horse is prohibited in any class restricted to Morgans and shall result
in disqualification from the competition, and all entry fees and winnings of the entry for the entire
competition will be forfeited.
4. Boots and other artificial appliances are forbidden in the Morgan division during competition in a class.
Exception: boots are permitted in all Reining, Roadster, Jumper, Hunter on the Flat Equitation, and Hunter
Seat over Fences.
5. In case of inclement weather competition management may permit the use of polo boots or bandages and
may allow tails to be tied up provided this is publicly announced before a class or session.
6. Rubber or elastic (except on boots) attached in any way to the legs or hooves must not be used on the
competition grounds at any time.
7. The use of chains or rollers as action devices on the competition grounds during or before a
competition is prohibited.
7. 8. Vertical half-cup blinkers are acceptable on the competition grounds and in the warm-up ring. Blinders
of any kind are not allowed.
8. 9. A rein (or driving line) is defined as a length of leather, or other material, which remains flexible at the
point of contact with the bit and which does not create an extension of leverage of the bit.
9. 10. An inconspicuous tongue tie is permitted in all Morgan sections with the exception of Carriage
Driving, Dressage, Working Hunter over Fences, Hunter Seat Equitation Over Fences, Reining Seat
Equitation, Western Seat Equitation, Trail, Reining and Western Pleasure
10. 11. Nasal strips are allowed with the exception of the competition arenas during scheduled performances
Rule #2
SUBCHAPTER MO-17 MORGAN-Gaited
MO190 Morgan Gaited – General
MO190 Morgan Gaited – General
The Gaited Morgan is presented Under Saddle. This is a horse suitable for trail riding and should possess
athleticism with a relaxed attitude and way of going. The Gaited Morgan should be eye appealing and
confident, showing the impression of being a sure, safe and pleasurable ride.
MO191 Gaits
The Gaited Morgan performs three gaits: Trail Walk, Show Gait and Pleasure Gait.
1. TRAIL WALK. The Trail Walk has equal weight in the judging of a class. The ability to transition from
the highest performance level in the class to a completely relaxed walk is an important indication of the
correct mentality and temperament. The Trail Walk is an authentic four beat walk, suitable for use on the
trails. The walk must be calm, relaxed, and ridden with clearly observable slack in the reins. Reins at all
times must droop with the lowest point noticeably lower than the point of attachment to the bit. The head
and neck should be lower than the position that is maintained at Show and Pleasure Gaits. Horses unable
to move from any gait into a relaxed, natural walk, horses that must be restrained by the reins from
accelerating, or a horse who appears to “jig” performing the Trail Walk, must be severely penalized by the
judge.
2. SHOW GAIT. The show gait is a collected, four beat gait performed at moderate speed, with stride and
action appropriate for the class. The Show Gait must be collected and smooth with no exaggeration in
form or execution. The sequence of the footfalls is rhythmic and cadenced.
3. PLEASURE GAIT. This gait is a four beat gait with the greatest speed and action in any section. There
must be a distinct difference in the speed demonstrated at the Show Gait and Pleasure Gait, although
speed must not come at the expense of form and correct footfalls. Horses that do not exhibit a distinct
difference in speed between the Show Gait and the Pleasure Gait must be penalized. The ability of the
horse to demonstrate forward movement, with speed and action appropriate for this section, while
maintaining correct form, is of primary importance at gait.
4. SADDLE GAIT. Horses performing the Show or Pleasure Gait may perform any “Saddle Gait”. The
“Saddle Gait” may be either a lateral or diagonal gait. The Pace, Trot and Jog/Canter are not allowed. If
both Show and Pleasure Gaits are to be demonstrated in a class, the horse must maintain the same Saddle
Gait footfall sequence throughout the test. The only change will be in the tempo/speed as required by the
call throughout the test.
5. BACKUP. In all performance classes, backing at least three steps in a straight line is called for in the
line-up. The horse must not throw his head above the bit, gape at the mouth or show other signs of
resistance. Failure to follow a straight track will be penalized.
MO192 General Judging Requirements for Under Saddle Gaited Classes
1. Credit shall be given to an entry that exemplifies the look of the proper section.
2. A horse that does not demonstrate correct form for the class will be penalized by the judge.
3. Scoring: Proper cadence and balance, presence and apparent ability to give a good pleasurable ride
60%; type and confirmation 40%.
4. Championship: The same specifications as the above paragraph except the percentages are 50%-50%
instead of 60%-40%.
MO193 Gaited Morgan Country Trail Pleasure Class
1. Appointments: See MO122.1.2
2. Shoeing: See MO103.5
3.The Gaited Country Trail Pleasure entry must exemplify the attributes of a pleasure riding horse
suitable for all members of the family. The Trail Pleasure horse must have gaits that are effortless and
extremely smooth, with no animation. The head and neck of the Gaited Country Trail Pleasure entry must
be relaxed and show little to no elevation, and the horse in gait should be ridden with a minimum of bit
contact and should remain relaxed at all times. There is to be no sign of animation, nervousness, or the
need for restraint. The Gaited Country Trail Pleasure classes are shown in two gaits: Show Gait and Trail
Walk. Speed is not desired in this section. Animation, more than moderate speed, nervousness, or an
elevated head and/or neck carriage shall be penalized. Manners are paramount in this section. A horse
that does not demonstrate correct style shall be penalized by the judge and shall not be placed above a
horse that has the correct way of going as long as they are performing in proper gait, regardless of other
criteria.
MO194 Class Specifications Gaited Morgan Country Trail Pleasure Class
1. Shown: Horses enter at the Trail Walk, followed by the Show Gait, Trail Walk; Reverse, Show Gait,
Trail Walk in that order. A halt may be executed from either gait; the horse must halt promptly and stand
quietly on a light rein. A dismount and remount may be called. A reinback of at least 3 steps is required in
the line-up.
2. Judged: On manners, quietness, performance including steadiness, responsiveness, traveling on a light
rein, and willingness to stand quietly and back readily.
MO195 Gaited Morgan Trail Pleasure Class
1. Appointments: See MO122.1.2
2. Shoeing: See MO103.5
3. A Gaited Trail Pleasure Horse must demonstrate a suitable way of going while performing the Trail
Walk, Show Gait and Pleasure Gait. The gaits should not show animation or excessive speed and must be
effortless and smooth with forward movement. The head and neck should be in a relaxed manner
appropriate to the conformation of the horse yet must be stylish and to a lesser degree of collection. A
slight movement of the head is permissible. The horse should be well mannered. A judge may request the
horse to stand quietly on the rail on a light rein from any gait. The judge may additionally ask the rider to
dismount and remount while the horse stands quietly.
4. To be penalized: The horse should not be presented in a collected, up headed and animated frame.
There is no maximum or minimum degree of animation, but smoothness and frame tie over animation
and speed.
5. A horse that does not demonstrate the correct way of going shall not be placed above any horse that has
the correct way of going regardless of other criteria.
MO196 Class Specifications Gaited Morgan Trail Pleasure Class.
1. Shown: Horses to enter the ring at a Trail Walk, followed by Slow Gait, Pleasure Gait, Trail Walk,
Reverse, Show Gait, Pleasure Gait, Trail Walk in that order. The horse is shown in a collected frame with
the head carried proudly in the bridle evidenced by self-carriage. A rein back of at least 3 steps is required
in the line-up
2. Judged: On manners, performance including steadiness with cadence and balance, quietness,
responsiveness, traveling on a light rein, and willingness to stand quietly and back readily. During
performance, the horse must exhibit consistency of cadence and balance in the gaits.
MO197 Gaited Morgan Classic Pleasure Class
1. Appointments: See MO127.1.2
2. Shoeing: See MO103.4
3. The Gaited Classic Pleasure horse executes the Trail Walk, Show Gait and Pleasure Gait in a collected,
up headed and stylish manner with moderate stride. The horse should show in a collected frame while
maintaining self-carriage and lightness in the bridle. Frame and carriage with more animation and speed
is desirable. However, neither speed nor animation will count over smoothness and correct form and
footfalls.
4. To be penalized: Loss of balance or elasticity, lack of energy and incorrect way of going.
MO198 Gaited Morgan Classic Pleasure Specifications
1. Shown: Horses to enter the ring at a Trail Walk followed by a Show Gait, Pleasure Gait, Trail Walk,
Reverse, Show Gait, Pleasure Gait and Trail Walk in that order. In the line-up, a rein back of at least 3
steps is required.
2. Judged: On performance demonstrating cadence and balance, quietness, manners, responsiveness,
traveling on a light reins, and willingness to stand quietly and back readily.
MO199 Gaited Morgan Western Pleasure
1. Refer to SUBCHAPTER MO-7 Morgan Western Pleasure Section. Exception: The Western Pleasure
Gaited Morgan must stand quietly, back willingly and provide a ride of exceptional smoothness. The
headset of the horse must be relaxed and steady.
2. Extreme knee action and any tendency to be up in the bridle will be penalized. Horses failing to stand
quietly and/or to back readily must be severely penalized.
MO200 Gaited Morgan Western Pleasure Specifications
1. Shown: Horses to enter the ring at a Trail Walk, followed by a Show Gait, Pleasure Gait, Trail Walk,
Reverse, Show Gait, Pleasure Gait, Trail Walk in that order. In the line-up, a rein back of at least 3 steps
is required.
2. Judged: On manners, performance at all gaits (smoothness), attitude, and conformation.
SUBCHAPTER MO-17 18 ADDITIONAL CLASSES
MO190 201 General
MO191 -202 Additional Class Specifications