ACTHA Obstacles


Ride Hosts  must choose from this menu of obstacles. They may combine elements of the obstacles to create an obstacle. If a Ride Hosts wants to use an obstacle that is not on this list, they may do so with ACTHA approval.  Ride Hosts may use their imagination in creating interesting situations that may occur on trail using these obstacles. An example would be when judging the mount obstacle, the competitor may be asked to pick up a 'wounded animal', place the 'wounded animal' on their saddle, remount, and ride off. This is actually a mount obstacle. However, the situation with the 'injured animal' is an imagined scenario that shows how this obstacle applies to a real life situation.


Check the obstacle list often to catch any added obstacles.  If you have any obstacle suggestions, we would love to hear them!  Please email them to

Two new obstacles have been allowed into the hollowed halls of ACTHA approved obstacles. They are briefly described here but until our new web site is launched graphics will not be available. Your ride host will explain them in detail if they are chosen for your event. 

They are;

"SQUIRT". This is a fun mounted shooting obstacle with a squirt gun. Contestant will shoot ping pong balls of a tee while mounted with a squirt gun.

"The Narrows". Contestants will proceed through a series of narrow passages showing the straightness or tracking of their horse.