Never shown before and looking to start with a TWH
So I need all the advice I can get. I've been around horses my entire life...but have never ever ever shown. I don't want to get into it hardcore but I think it would be fun and I've always thought about doing it.
I grew up riding a TWH and I currently own one now. I've ridden everything from Arabs, Andalusians, Qhs, paints, MFTs, saddle and standard breds, etc. Mostly riding the arbs and walkers.
My current guy is amazing. Very well trained does his flat walk, running walk, and racks. I wanna teach him to park eventually! :)
ANWAYS ~ my fiance grew up riding arabs, showed his entire life..he's my personal trainer but I was wondering how to begin showing twhs? I've been trying to research all morning and have so many questions.
I ride western and I know most open shows don't give TWHs a second look next to the qhs and paints. But it all depends on the judge etc. So this may sound really stupid but if i'm in an open western pleasure class - like at my county fair - which doesn't offer any gaited classes....How do I know what to do? Do they ask you to trot in WP? And when they do...do I RW? I'm sooooo confused. What gait do I do compared to the qhs and paints?
I'm going to look more into more smaller open gaited shows but the county fair horse show is SO close to me I thought it would be a good first show. I don't' even care about placing it's more a learning experience for ME!
I've been an avid trail rider with my TWHs and did more arena work with my arab. So I feel a little lost.
Any and all advice will be appreciated! :) Sorry if I sound like a total newb but I have no idea how to show let alone a twh in open WP. :P THANKS!!