How does catch riding work and how do you ride that same horse and practicing on him/her if you only see the horse at shows?

As far as I know, you get notified by an owner that they want you to ride their horse at a show, and it is typically schooling day, and you just ride them all through the show with the schooling being their practice. Every catch ride is different, some I have heard, carry on to more shows and practices, but some you just ride them for the show and never see them again. Most catch riders don’t get much practice on the horse, if any at all.
Join the fun and sign up to connect with our 200,000 members!