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post #1 of 11 Old 05-08-2011, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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Questions About Showing

I was thinking of entering a local show. This would be my first time showing. As far as I know, my horse hasn't shown in a while, if she's ever been shown at all. I'd be entering a few hunter flat classes.

I have some questions:

1) My mare carries her head naturally, about a 35 degree angle, maybe a bit more. Are there headset rules?

2) She sometimes picks up the wrong lead when asked for the right lead, but tends to correct it if I stop her and restart. How will this be penalized?

3) How should her mane be braided? Should anything be done with her tail, which is kind of ratty at the moment?

That's all I can think of. Thanks!
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-08-2011, 11:43 PM
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I think it depends on the classes you are entering. You can always enter walk/trot classes for your first show while you work on your canter leads. That way it's low key and positive and you get the good experience of going to a show!



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don't worry so much about her how she carries her head. You wont really be penanlized for it unless your at a larger show.

If you know she is going to pick up the wrong lead, why not just enter some walk/trot classes that way you wont get frustrated if it happens when your competing.
If you do enter the walk/trot/canter classes and she does miss her lead you will be penalize for it and probably wont win first place. If she picks up the wrong lead and everone else in the class pick up the correct lead, you probably will not place. But you can always use that as a learning experience. Personally I would work with her at home until I knew she had her leads down pat. Hunter under saddle classes are based on the horses way of going, suitability to rider and MANNERS. Not pickin gup the correct lead will be taken as disobedience.

As for her mane and tail you don't need to worry about it being braided. Her mane(if its just a regualr hunter show/ breed specific shows are different) does need to be short and even though, about 3 inches. For her tail I would say just wash and condition it well spray it with show sheen or some kind of hair detangler, let it dry and then brush it out. It should be gorgeous.
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Her leads have been getting much more reliable, so I probably would enter a canter class.

I love long manes on my horses and would rather braid it than cut it. Could you tell me what sort of braiding is acceptable? I saw photos of horses with a sort of French braid.
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Awesome yah, go for it have some fun.

If its a show put on by a local hunter jumper association I would say pass on it. Hunter judges will frown on anything other that the 'classical' pulled mane hunter look. But if its an all breed horse show, that's going to have a bit of everything than I say yes, for sure give her a french braid down her mane. But not her tail. Tails usually don't turn out very well unless done by a pro. Lol

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Thanks for the braiding info!

The show I am considering is at a local Hunt Club. Is that considered a hunter/jumped assoc.?
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do you have a trainer to help you with all of this? I usually don't braid but it really depends on the show, the level, and who is hosting it, as well as the discipline and setting. Some shows people ride in polos and breeches without braiding. Other shows are formal even though they are not rated shows. What I usually tell my students is to plan to come and watch and assist with grooming at a few shows first before committing to going to a show. This allows them to get a feel for what goes into the day and what they can expect, what everyone dresses like, and so on, and helps everyone be prepared and not have some huge expectations that can lead to disappointment or unnecessary stress. For me/my barn it's all about having a good time and showcasing what you and your horse can do in a fun, safe environment!

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I haven't been online for a few days --- that's why I disappeared (:

The show at the Hunt Club is a rated show, and I don't think we're ready. I found a schooling show in June within good traveling distance, so I think I'll start with that. I'll guess with a schooling show I don't have to worry about my outfit or her mane, right?

I do not have a trainer ATM.
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Hmm when showing don't worry about her head. What breed is she? You can do rosettes which are tidy and neat or q running braid. I really depends on the classes your entering. For her tail trim it so it sits just you der jer hocks when lifted and put some shine or something in it. A tip: even better buy some glitter hairspray !! Works well. Quarter marks are also good. For show tips go to this thread. Grooming tips: Showing Edition

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Don't worry about head carriage. Also you could shave the top of her tail or braid it. Do rosettes in her mane and one in her forelock. Work on the canter leads at home! I mean, BEFORE you get to the show. My mare used to have trouble with leads before my first show and I worked on it at home heaps and she only got it wrong once at the show. A judge would much rather you correct her rather than have her cantering around on the wrong lead.

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