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    09-12-2011, 12:27 PM
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Green Broke
Question English version of Halter class??

Ok so I've known ever since I took a look at my mare's bloodlines that she has some pretty good Halter bloodlines. Now since she was rescued and I took her on, I've trained her into an Eventer which of course has zero to do with Halter

I'm trying to learn about Halter just out of curiosity since I knew that's what she has Champion bloodlines for, and from everything I've seen it appears to be a Western discipline...I'd love to take her in a Halter class sometime just for the experience, but:

A. What the heck do you exactly DO in halter?? From what I can gather, you get the horse to stand square, judge looks at their conformation, and you walk and trot them around for the judge? But I'm sure there's more to it than I'm seeing...

B. Is there an "English" version? No offense to the Western showmen, but I MUCH prefer my English getup and am not about to go buy a sequin-encrusted shirt and a cowboy hat just to do a Halter class for the fun of it
     
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    09-12-2011, 01:02 PM
  #2
Showing
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Ok so I've known ever since I took a look at my mare's bloodlines that she has some pretty good Halter bloodlines. Now since she was rescued and I took her on, I've trained her into an Eventer which of course has zero to do with Halter

I'm trying to learn about Halter just out of curiosity since I knew that's what she has Champion bloodlines for, and from everything I've seen it appears to be a Western discipline...I'd love to take her in a Halter class sometime just for the experience, but:

A. What the heck do you exactly DO in halter?? From what I can gather, you get the horse to stand square, judge looks at their conformation, and you walk and trot them around for the judge? But I'm sure there's more to it than I'm seeing...

B. Is there an "English" version? No offense to the Western showmen, but I MUCH prefer my English getup and am not about to go buy a sequin-encrusted shirt and a cowboy hat just to do a Halter class for the fun of it

A - Basically you got it. Generally you will walk in and trot past the judge & to the line so they can observe your horse move. You want to try and "sell" your horse to the judge without saying so. Move in the 4 quadrants as you would in a showmanship class. Keep your eye on the judge.

B - Yes you can wear your english gear. A lot of shows will also have the halter classes split, western & hunter type. If you did do western a sequin shirt isn't necessary for a halter class. I'm not a glitzy kind of girl either, I wear a black fitting bodysuit underneath a tan jacket (the only extras on the jacket are some really nice buttons) with a pair of fitted showmanship pants. Nice jeans & a button up shirt are perfectly acceptable for halter also.
     
    09-12-2011, 01:15 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Oh cool thanks for the info! I might try it sometime just for the heck of it! So besides superior conformation which I obviously cannot help, what are they looking for in a halter horse/should they be braided or no, etc?

And I've never done showmanship so I have no clue about the quadrants LOL...I've only ever done Eventing, Fox Hunting, Hunter Paces, Dressage and Jumpers.
     
    09-12-2011, 01:37 PM
  #4
Showing
Judging halter is based on breed/type ideals, looking for structural corectness, balance & gait, breed & sex characteristics & body condition.


You want your horse to be clean & polished, clipped, and banded for western or braided for english. It isn't a requirement to band or braid but always looks nice for an in hand class. Baby oil ears (inside & out), eyes & muzzle. Corn starch & a toothbrush will brighten up white socks on legs (Do this before hoof polish) Clear or hoofblack on hooves depending on color of the hooves.

The quadrants in showmanship/halter is a fairly basic concept but can get confusing when you are working in a class with a lot of horses. Basically draw an invisible line down the back from ear to tail to make left side/right side, then draw another across the back/barrel in the center to make front/back, giving you 4 squares. When the judge is in the front squares, you will want to be on the opposite side of the judge so they have an unobstructed view of head & neck. When the judge is in the back 2 squares you want to be on the same side presenting & selling your horse. I like to see showmen work a minimum of 2 horses on either side of their horse but always take note of those who work their horse regardless of where I am in the line.

Hope that helps!
     
    09-12-2011, 03:04 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Wow thanks, yeah I'd be totally confused the first time I'm sure lol! Sooo what do you think they'd say about my girl? (sorry I don't have any really good conformation shots, but hopefully you can get a general idea from these!)







     
    09-12-2011, 03:05 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Oh she's registered APHA by the way, if that helps any. Solid buckskin Paint.
     
    09-12-2011, 03:27 PM
  #7
Showing
I really like Sandie. She's very proportionate. Depends though on what type of show you are at & the judge you draw. Sad to say but a lot of the QH/Stock judges look for the big boys, tall & built like a body builder. I don't bother to show mine in halter in AQHA anymore for that reason.

If you go western, really fit her halter snug. She has a darling head & a good fitting halter will show it off. If you go English show in your bridle.

Pony halter may also be an option if it's a 58" & under category instead of 56". She'd be tough, tough, tough as a pony!
     
    09-12-2011, 04:10 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Thanks! She's 14.1 so she stands at 57"! I'll have to remember that distinction! Now, going about finding a halter class in my area may be my challenge. I could tell you where the hunter, jumper, or Eventing competitions are but not halter...
     
    09-12-2011, 04:16 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Here's my other question...since she was a rescue and didn't have the best of care early on, she has quite a few scars which show up of course on her buckskin coat since her skin is black and those spots are hairless Do you lose pts for scars and such?
     
    09-12-2011, 05:58 PM
  #10
Showing
Another depends on the judge. For me personally they don't bother me, there's a big difference between a blemish & an unsoundness. If they are on knees, hocks, or shoulders I will watch very closely to make sure they aren't from an injury that affected the horse's soundness.

If there is a close call between the 1 & 2 horse that may be enough to tip the scale. You can mix shoe polish to make a custom color to cover them though :)
     

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