Originally Posted by tinyliny
The rider and the horse bow and salute and thank the judge, and sometimes they kiss her hand.
Maybe in your fantasy world.....
Goal is a perfectly square halt and then rider than extends their arm and gives a slight head nod to the judge.
In reality, square halt, extend the arm and if the horse is about to move, skip the head nod and get going like you planned to do that.
A tip given to me by my trainer since I have an ancy lil 5yr old that I will be showing.
My trainer prefers that one exit by going towards the judge then turning to leave since the judges around here will often stop the rider and offer some comments or ask questions. She fully expects that the judges will inquire as the breed of my horse since absolutely nobody can figure out what he is (registered Morgan that looks and moves completely different than the usual Morgan).