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post #11 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 02:30 PM
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Well, I don't know if silvery gray would help out either. It's too similar in color to her. The eye would blend her head with the halter and it'd make her head look even bigger. A dark halter that contrasted with her coat would have a slimming effect.

Don't forget about proportion though. If you get a thinner halter, it'll just highlight how wide the rest of her head is. If you get a halter that isn't flat and bulges out, it would highlight any bulges she potential has (if she does have any, I can't tell).

Interesting thought as well - if you cover the top half of the picture with your hand to cover the yellow/orange, your mare's coat looks lovely with your blue jeans. If you cover the blue, it's not quite as lovely. I think if you picked a color in the same tone as your blue jeans, that would work out really well. Not just blue, but the darkness - for example, I don't think your fellow competitor's blue shirt looks good with your mare.

Just my opinion, of course. I think both you and your mare are lovely. Agree also with the conditioning stuff that the others dicussed.
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post #12 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ptvintage View Post

Interesting thought as well - if you cover the top half of the picture with your hand to cover the yellow/orange, your mare's coat looks lovely with your blue jeans. If you cover the blue, it's not quite as lovely. I think if you picked a color in the same tone as your blue jeans, that would work out really well. Not just blue, but the darkness - for example, I don't think your fellow competitor's blue shirt looks good with your mare.
One of the girls at my stable has a very similar looking grey (grey paint but he's so faded you can't see his spots anymore) who is in his 20's and for 4H she always dressed in blues or blacks and he looked just SMASHING. In his stall however, he does seem a bit more awkward in some ways. She always places really high with him and gets a lot of Champ and high point awards.

Next time I see her I'll pick her brain for her grooming tips for light colored horses
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 04:32 PM
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You should use a black halter. If black can make your butt look smaller, it should be able to make a horse head look smaller...
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post #14 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 05:39 PM
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I would put a rubber band (white) in her forelock. Practice either putting all of her forelock in one or dividing her forelock in half, upper and lower. Put a rubber band in the top half, about halfway down, then bring it down straight and put a rubber band around the top portion and the bottom portion you set aside. Does this make since? Her head does not look too big, she's just loosing her facial muscle tone with age. I would also trim out her ears and clip along the outside, following the ear around, get rid of the fluffies.
Maybe practice with someone else observing different levels of her holding her neck/head. I think if she had her head a little higher than it is in the pic, not straight up, but just a little more raised, she wouldn't appear droopy.
Does she like pepper mints? If not then you could use pieces of carrot or apple, but use the crinkly paper from a mint to signal to her that she is going to get a piece of carrot, her ears should come up - alert, then give her the treat. Do this several times, then just crinkle the wrapper and when she puts her ears up just give her a good pet and tell her she's a good girl. So, when you are in the ring and the judge comes by to look at her, the big one last glance at your horse profile look, crinkle the wrapper and she will have a very pleasant animated look, but no petting or treats in the arena. My horse falls asleep in halter, we need this trick to pull it off. Here's a pic of her from our last show.
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post #15 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 09:29 PM
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I would go with a thick dark brown leather halter and lead. Professional and tidy. When you fit it on her, put it up high on her nose, it will cut her face in half and make it look shorter from eye to muzzle (which is what you want).

Make sure to look at the rules, some foundation classes are specific in what the horse can wear and if they can be clipped...

Midwest Foundation Quarter Horse rulebook says:
Rules prohibit extravagant displays; no silver tack, banding, braiding, clipping. Just come with a competent horse.

So make sure... and to fit I would do lots of trotting and hills if you have them, and practice practice practice setting her up so she doesn't move on you in the ring...

Good luck, I think her head looks cute in the second pic - she's cute:)

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post #16 of 24 Old 12-01-2011, 08:04 PM
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Okay, here is my friend's grooming tips for light grays when showing halter (she's a 4H coach). She uses a high whitening shampoo, especially on the tail. In the winter she keeps the tail wrapped to help keep it from getting stained. In the summer she keeps it down and uses "Mane and Tail" detangler daily. She keeps mane trimmed the appropriate length and says for halter classes NOT to black the hooves (it looks too fake). Instead use super shiny hairspray because it doesn't dry out the hooves so bad, looks natural and yet gives them a shine and washes off easily. Dark color halter. On show day she also sprays Champion Peppy (sorry for the spelling) into the tail while fluffing it to make it look full and shiny, hair gel on the mane to make it look more "set" yet natural.

Hope this helps.
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post #17 of 24 Old 12-01-2011, 08:16 PM
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Biggest thing is to make sure no matter what halter you decide on that it fits well. A sloppy fitting halter will only draw more attention to her head.

I show foundation shows with my youngsters and had to get new show halters because of the no silver rule, ended up having some made w/ buck stitching on them. They turned out pretty sharp, well made & reasonably priced.

As others have said, if you have the access, hill work would help quite a bit.

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post #18 of 24 Old 12-01-2011, 09:05 PM
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This may seem like a dumb question....

If you are showing in Foundation Quarter Horse Shows and talking about versatility, do you mean Ranch Versatility?

If your showing in Ranch Versatility the halter class is supposed to be judged as correct conformation for ability to do ranch work, therefor the size of her head wouldn't matter a whole lot...unless it is so big you can't see around it ;)
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post #19 of 24 Old 12-01-2011, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Cowchick. Exactly. Buuut a lot of the judges go for the finer built, more "femine" mares.
And it's not really called ranch versatility, but everything (except the speed events) are based on how well that horse preforms doing ranch tasks. If you ask me, if my horses head is just sliiightly bigger than it should, I highly doubt it will make her fail at pulling a log or chasing a cow.
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post #20 of 24 Old 12-06-2011, 09:21 AM
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Im curious...did you ever approach a judge to find out what they think of your horse and why she placed a bit lower? I think for 21 she looks fantastic but I do see a couple of other holes in her confirmation that have nothing to do with her head size. Personally I dont think her head will hurt her that much, she has a kind eye, ears forward, and overall looks like she is enjoying herself.
I think you should talk to one of the judges when you are done showing and ask them what you can do to improve> JMO
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