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    07-15-2010, 02:28 AM

New here, but this is about 3 of the riding disiplines named so please don't get mad if I put it in the wrong forum.

My horse, Copper, and I are going into our first how together and first 4H show. I'm confused on Western Show and Horsemanship and English Equitation (Versatility class). The club I am in has no other horse person except my friend who is as confused as I am. I have searched pretty much everywhere

My questions:
For showmanship, what exactly do you do? What do you wear and how does the horse have to be presented?

Horsemanship, What wear is required? Do you have to have chaps if you don't have any suitable showing jeans that won't overheat you in high heat?

Equitation, Does the mane and tail have to be braided, clipped or roached, even if it is a gaited breed but the horse can barely gait? Can you get penalized or disqualified if tack doesn't match. Again, what to wear!!

I'm sorry it's long and there are so many questions but it tends to be hard when you live in a small town where you can't get a hlod of people and people expect you to know every aspect of ever disipline, breed and etc.

Thank you sooo much!!
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    07-15-2010, 03:36 AM
Question reduction!!
I have found answers now for most of my questions but some still stand. Mainly just about riding wear, and horse presentation.
Thank you again!!!!
    07-15-2010, 04:55 AM
Band up your poneh or horseh :) You want them to look flat, and nice and professional. If its just a little 4H show, a nice cotton checkered shirt, jeans and a belt buckle and a matching well shaped hat should suffice. Oh and a nice sturdy pair of boots :) I'd go for a pair of black jeans over blue denim because its more showy.

Its not about going all out, its about being well presented, confident and neat. So scrub up your horse, make sure he's clean and just enjoy the experience. Feel free to ask anymore questions if you need some help.
    07-15-2010, 05:01 AM
Thank you sooo much!!! That helps me alot!!!

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