Obstacle is so much fun! It was my first ever class
Not sure of the rules lol
We have, bridges, back up place thingies, mail boxes, pools, step over thignies, and other stuff I cant remember.
I am not sure (Dont think so though)
Fortunatly, Willie was VERY easy to teach to sidepass. He catches on things very quick (which I am very blessed with!) First, I would just put pressure, on his side (anywahere torwards the back will work). Once he would move off the pressure, I would praise him! And so I would work on that until he he went off the pressure like that. then, I kept applying pressure there and would say "side" until until he took a whole step.. And then so on and so forth. Eventually, I replaced the putting pressure, to snapping my fingers and saying side. Now, I can just start snapping and he will side. Oh, and about the ground pole, I added that after I taught him to sidestep. So he wouldn't start thinking to side step over every pole (ecspecially in when you back up! Threre are two poles around the area you back up in) and I can sidestep him anywhere. And he also will move off the pressure applied, So if I need to move him over (say he istepping on my toe!)
Good luck! And obstacle is a very fun class!
Edited to Add: I have always been told if your horse is refusing an obstacle, to look at the judge for permission. Once they nod you on, then you can skip it. The judges always seem to appreciate it!