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post #11 of 23 Old 09-12-2013, 12:07 PM
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There will always be ways of shortcutting if the waking up early thing is an issue. If the classes are later, you could do it on the grounds? Is the girl paying you to do it? If not, you could suggest that it's her responsibility.
Blue eyed pony, you could always trailer in the night before?
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-12-2013, 12:32 PM
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Blue eyed pony, you could always trailer in the night before?
As I said, not an option for every show. In fact, not an option for most - only for the biggest shows at grounds that have actual stables. My horses won't stay in yards secured with only a rope or two [I have trouble with my older gelding at pony club, for goodness' sake, he's only ever in the yards there for an hour at a time! They don't respect fences that well at the best of times...], and I don't have trailer-mounted yards. Which I suspect my filly would just push straight through anyway, she's pretty naughty about fences.

I just want to mention that camping at the grounds is allowed for most shows, it's just not something I can do with my horses unless I buy stallion-grade trailer-mounted yards. And I don't have the money for that.

Different facilities in Aus, very VERY few showgrounds have barns/stables.

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[QUOTE=Zexious;3615794]There will always be ways of shortcutting if the waking up early thing is an issue. If the classes are later, you could do it on the grounds? Is the girl paying you to do it? If not, you could suggest that it's her responsibility.


Getting up early is not really an issue as it is inconvenient. I only live 10 min away from the barn, it will take about 20 min to get to the show and classes start at 8:00am (want to be there no later than 7:00am as this is my 2 students first show), so compared to some, I've got it pretty easy.

I am a perfectionist and want the mane to be done just right so I will be doing it, but my student's mom got a "Jammies" to put on the mare's neck for the night. Hopefully there will only be some touch up in the morning.

thanks for all your advise and comments. Really appreciate it. Wish us luck

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Blue-Ah, I see. I was only speaking from experience--we always purchase stalls when we attend shows and, if it's too far away, we'll keep either stay the night after, or the night before. To each their own~

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Blue-Ah, I see. I was only speaking from experience--we always purchase stalls when we attend shows and, if it's too far away, we'll keep either stay the night after, or the night before. To each their own~
Yeah, that's what the yards at most grounds are for. You pay to use them, but they don't have gates, you have to bring a rope to secure them. They're about stall-sized. Some clubs have better yards than others. The club I'm a member of has some nice yards that are very secure [actually have gates] and some yards that are also nice but not as secure. My horses don't stay in the less secure yards well at all [most horses do, mine are just extremely naughty about it] and we all know a loose horse is a danger not only to itself but to everyone else on the grounds! There are two competition venues that actually have stables that I know of, and the shows run at those are way too busy, important and advanced for my 3yo and I.

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^Oh, I've never heard of that before. The stalls we've purchased were always box stalls. How interesting!
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I'd try the sleazy. I use it for my bands and like the results....

Plus... he looks like a super hero....
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What type of shows are you doing/what classes will the horse be in? To be completely honest, a lattice braid like that isn't really appropriate for any type of judged class. The horse appears to have a very nice mane and I agree it'd be a shame to shorten it.

If you're going to be doing western classes I would do the top two layers of bands and leave the rest. Keeping a sleazy on with only two layers of bands is no problem. If you're doing english a running braid would be the way to go and that's easy to do the morning of.
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^In a non-rated show (particularly in a class that doesn't inherently judge the turnout of the horse) that does not specify... It should be fine.
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What type of shows are you doing/what classes will the horse be in? To be completely honest, a lattice braid like that isn't really appropriate for any type of judged class. The horse appears to have a very nice mane and I agree it'd be a shame to shorten it.

If you're going to be doing western classes I would do the top two layers of bands and leave the rest. Keeping a sleazy on with only two layers of bands is no problem. If you're doing english a running braid would be the way to go and that's easy to do the morning of.

We are going to a small Hunter Schooling Show in our area. Pretty informal and low key. I don't typically braid, I like the short hunter mane look. But I am not showing, my student is. I have never done the running braid but can attempt it day before show to see how it comes out. My student's mom bought a Jammie for her, so she can look like a super hero AND keep her braid in. Win, Win!!

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