I may show my gelding a couple of times at an open show (and I mean really open Saddleseat riders ride in the same classes and hunter, and a couple ride there halfies in dressage apparel) about an hour away from my city and I'm wondering if a couple of things would be appropriate- or not.
1.) For Hunter should I go out and buy tall boots or would I be OK with using my black paddock boots and half chaps?
2.) My gelding is a Saddlebred and, he 'in frame' is differently then Quarter Horses, which is most of the other competitors... Do you think it would effect our placings as much even though we're the same discipline and same apparel?
3.)For attire, I'm wondering if anybody knows of good places to get possible tall boots (if have too), and breeches. I haven't worn breeches in awhile and Also, I am wondering if they come in a more modern look, I guess they look partially like pants (straight or flare) legged and are just able to be put in boots as well. I know that sounds odd, but the ones that are tight at the ankle bother me and don't feel very comfortable, so I have been riding in Saddleseat Jods or my Jeans.
4.) His mane, is cut...short I'm hoping before next summer its longer but right now It looks like its growing out from being roached so its bad... I really don't want to do a mane pullings, since Saddlebreds and Arabs I noticed for hunter do running braid is there any good videos on how to do so?
5.) Also its is a Western Show the 2nd half of the day, I know my boy is fine in a curb at Walk/Trot. I thought about doing a class or two of that depending on how he's feeling at the end of the day- But does of anybody know of really good western saddles that are decent for open shows but also decent for day to day trail riding?
Thank you very much. =]