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    07-29-2010, 02:58 AM
Talking showing drafts

Never done it other than in fun schooling shows. What is it that they look for in Clydesdale Mares and Belgian Geldings. Next year Sammy will have his first year in rated shows from what I know of and Caleigh is being thrown back in the ring after not seriously showing for 4 years.
This year Caleigh and I have done two schooling shows and had a great time. The second schooling show I brought Sammy and did one fun class. The rest of this year both are being entered in 4 winter series shows and one Halloween show, all fun shows with ribbons up to 7th place. However all the shows will be practice for next summer when I start both of them in rated shows.
My trainer said she'll help me with what she can but she doesn't specialize in drafts and has only shown halter in the lighter breeds. From what I've read and asked so far this is what I remember from showing when I was younger in the lighter breeds.

You're given a pattern. You walk up to the cone, square your horse and wait for the judge to nod you forward. You nod and walk to the judge, normally pivot and back a few steps, trot in hand around, stop and square your horse. If it's a mare you show they're teeth and if it's a gelding he better as hell not be dropped!

That's all I remember. Is it different for drafts?
Sammy can't square to save his life so he's learning, he trots great in hand but needs to work on his halts. Caleigh takes a good dragging to get her to trot SLOWLY in hand and she lags behind but she can halt and square almost perfectly 90% of the time. She showed in halter since she was a yearling up until she was 6

Would I need to trim up tails and manes
Do they both need a full set of shoes?
What about hoof polish, Caleigh I know would be clear but is Sammy black?
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    07-29-2010, 04:44 PM
Any ideas?
    07-29-2010, 06:46 PM
I'm not sure, sorry! I've never shown my girl. Hopefully somebody will have answers to your questions.
    07-30-2010, 03:00 PM
Well from the shows i've shown draft, you don't have a pattern with cones. It is usually the judge tells you to walk a few steps trot down then you go in a wide semi circle (they don't want to see pivoiting, cause they can't see how the horse walks I know it is a BIG NO-NO in showmanship) and then walk a few steps and trot back. Stop and set up. That's pretty standard for halter. They usually show in white halters. In belgians they definitely trim the mane and tail. Tails are ALWAYS done up in tail buns and geldings and stallion get mane rolls with 7 flowers for halter and 5 for hitch. Foretops are braided. Sammy, i'm tkaing is the belgian gelding? If so he would def. Have black hoof polish. I think that clydes don't get polish due to the feathering but you would def. Want to sulfur that and make it as white as possible! However in draft you never put clear on hoofs even if they have white, it is always black unless like I said there is feathering, but that may just be the preference of people who show around my area. I hope this helped you some : ]
    07-31-2010, 03:00 AM
Ok thank you! Yes he's a Belgian. I'm going to stick with schooling show for now until he gets more weight on him. He's doing really well but still needs some weight. The only thing holding me back is the trimming. I love long tails and manes. Haha little shows might be what I end up sticking to but even in those I want to make a good impression for my giants.
    08-01-2010, 12:12 AM
Well is his tail docked? If so you could trim it up a bit, and just tail bun it really well. His mane doesn't have to be super short if you are doing little shows,(IMO) even though a lot of people do. The main thing is manerolling. That is important!
    08-01-2010, 08:46 AM
No he has a full tail all the way down to the ground. Caleigh has a full tail as well but it was trimmed before I got her and now has grown down to her hocks. Both their manes are working their way past their necks and I love long manes and tails I wouldn't be able to bring myself to cut them. I guess I'll be sticking to schooling shows.
    08-06-2010, 03:56 PM
Are you planning to show against light horses under saddle ? Or are you looking to show in a draft or breed show ?
    08-07-2010, 12:26 AM
Schooling shows since it looks like I'll have to cut it if I do anything else. The draft shows are all out of state so if I were to do anything outside of a schooling show it would be against light horses.
    08-17-2010, 05:00 AM
Yes that is the definition of a draft horse, how does that pertain to my original posting?

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