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    09-16-2010, 01:00 AM
Green Broke
An all purpose saddle would probably work best then since you could do flat and jumping in it. For jumpers, I don't think you would have to cut his mane....hunters are normally braided at rated shows(points), but not always at schooling shows (most likely no points awarded). Reining he wouldnt have to be trimmed up. :)
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    09-16-2010, 12:56 PM
Ok great!!! That will really help as I look for tack. I guess the mane thing will really depend on the judge. I had plenty of picky judges in 4-H, one judge could like Jacks mane and another could put me at the end of the class.
    09-16-2010, 01:42 PM
I am the Vice President of a riding club and we hold Western shows. Braiding is frowned on for western classes - I know it sucks - stick to banding it or just making sure it is clean and tidy but natural. I am also a paint owner. She is black and white so I have the worst of all worlds when it comes to keeping her clean.

You need to make sure that your stallion is still going to be docile when he encounters other horses at the show - sometimes there are mares in heat there. You probably would do well just taking him to a show without expectations of showing the very first time, just to make sure he is not going to act up, plus this gets him accustomed to all the sights, sounds, and smells of what is going on at the show.

You want your horse to be as well behaved as possible so start working on the ground with him. Make sure he leads like a dream at a walk and a trot. Make sure he backs up as well as he moves forward.You also need to teach him to square up his feet and stand still. Join a riding club that offers points, trophies & ribbons. Every class you win adds value to your horse. I use two products for every show to keep my paints white parts white, showclean which is a whitening shampoo...and then a spray on stain remover that requires no rinse. I find that you need to groom your horse everyday to give it the really cared for look, not just the day before a it everyday and it will stimulate the skin to produce a really shiny coat (not the kind you spray on)...feed your horse as well as you can possibly feed - inner health = outer beauty.

I would suggest you do Halter Class, Showmanship, and the Trail Class to start out with. Adult Walk Trot is also a good choice for the beginner. Western Pleasure is a little trickier because you have to have a nice collected canter to pull this one off. My horse has too long of a stride (at least this year we are working on it) to complete Western Pleasure class without running down the rest of the riders.

To me shows are so much fun, showing off how wonderful your horse is. If you are looking to stud out your horse it will also be an opportunity to meet people who may want your stud's services and prove he is beautiful as well as well rounded. Good Luck!
    09-16-2010, 06:56 PM
There is alot of help in there. Thank you.. I do know about alot of what you said, but there is plenty that was helpful. Thanks again :)
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    09-16-2010, 07:27 PM
Green Broke
I would polish his hooves up,make sure he is super white on his white areas,clean the nostrils,trim the whiskers around his muzzle..not the ones around the eye,he needs those. Possibly clip the inside of his ears and show sheen the crap out of him! Make sure you blanket him a night before or else he will end up looking like my paint mare.
    09-17-2010, 12:37 AM
-sighs- I will look into a stable blanket for him.. We usually don't blanket our horses unless its an older one that drops weight in winter but I know deep down that we will need one for this venture.. I just hope he is not the kind of horse that finds ways to rip them every 5 seconds.
    09-17-2010, 03:15 PM
I have noticed that most people have a light oil color for their saddle.. We were thinking of showing him in all black tack. Is there any real reason why dark oils and Black are not used in the ring? Do judges tend to not like the darker colors or is it just people get a light color by default?
    09-17-2010, 05:29 PM
I'm not sure about english, but in the western realm, dark oil is coming into style. Light oil is on its way out.
    09-17-2010, 11:29 PM
Ive always heard dark for the lighter colored horses and light for the darker horses. But I think that's in the quarter horse shows.
    09-18-2010, 02:06 AM
Thank you, thank you!!!! We are going to do kind of a paper horse thing and take a cut out of his picture and put different colors and saddles on him so we know what will be best for him.

I really do want to thank you guys and those that post in the future for all the great info. :) :) :)

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