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        05-14-2013, 11:10 AM
    Green Broke
    Black gloves are not ok on a woman in showing. Black gloves signifies that you are in mourning and it is disrespectful to ride whilst in mourning.
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        05-14-2013, 11:16 AM
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    Originally Posted by faye    
    black gloves are not ok on a woman in showing. Black gloves signifies that you are in mourning and it is disrespectful to ride whilst in mourning.
    Never heard that one before!!!
    I always wore black gloves with my navy and black jackets in riding horse and ridden Arabian classes.
    I must be very disrespectful!!!
        05-14-2013, 11:22 AM
    Green Broke
    There are many little things in showing that stem from tradition, like the fact that tack should be brown comes from the fact that black tack used to be substandard tack, on brown tack you could see any flaws in it but the black you couldnt. Therefore black tack was for farmers and "poor" people (yes that sounds snobby, but it is the history of it not my personal oppinion)

    Hacks don't extend their canter or gallop because they are supposed to instead canter almost on the spot as they had to canter at the same pace as other horses trotted so that the "dandy" on his hack could hold the hand of a lady in the carriage and still look elegant.

    Little unwritten rules that have massive history behind them.
        05-14-2013, 11:43 AM
    Whoops, I wore black gloves whilst doing ridden classes before... Will definitely need to buy myself some brown ones!
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        05-14-2013, 11:58 AM
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    I wouldn't worry too much, we're living in the age of sexual equality now so if men can wear them so can women!!
    You'll see plenty of top women show riders wearing black gloves these days and they never stopped me from getting placed and the judge will be more focused on your horse than what colour they are.
    Tradition is nice but we fought to be allowed to ride astride.
    Have a great day and don't forget to post us some pics
        05-14-2013, 12:10 PM
    Any tips on stopping my horse from eating the grass as its an outside show? Almost certain he'll give it a go, more than once..
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        05-14-2013, 12:18 PM
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    Grass reins?
    I always had them on my kids ponies for that reason
    Give him some breaks between classes, take his tack off and let him have some hay from a net. I don't like my horses to graze at shows because you never know what they can pick up from other horses that have had their noses on the ground & might be carrying some infection or even if the grounds been sprayed recently.
    Take something to wipe his mouth over with before you tack him back up and if possible have some lightweight over trousers for yourself to keep your breeches clean - or a good supply of wet wipes
        05-14-2013, 02:09 PM
    I meant more for during the class. No matter how much he has to eat, he will still go for it. He's so greedy
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        05-14-2013, 03:32 PM
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    Oh I see
    That is a real NO NO.
    You can only really practice at home making him stand still on grass and making it very clear that grazing isn't allowed.
    Showing is all about gaining experience as you progress so at this point it would be better to walk him in small circles at the back of the line up if he starts trying that game than to be seen snatching at his mouth.
    Don't interfere with other riders and apologise to the judge, they know people have to start somewhere and you wont learn any other way than by going in the ring
    You have to be consistent about grazing under saddle - be very firm and never allow your horse to do it on a hack or anywhere or you're giving him mixed signals.
    The woman we bought our ID off used to let her do it while she was getting on and believe me that mare became a total pain in the ass, she's really strong and could easily pull someone over her neck if she wanted too. That habit had to stop very quickly.
        05-14-2013, 03:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Lois, the only thing I can advise for horses that dive for food is to keep them going forwards and keep thier attention on you. If they start pulling you down to the grass, send them forwards.

    Grass reins are definitely NOT allowed in showing and if you are wearing one you will get asked to remove it or leave the ring.

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