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post #1 of 2 Old 08-21-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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First showmanship class?

Hey everyone!

So I've never shown before at all, and I'm going to my first fun show! It is basically things like egg and spoon and costume class. Just a fun show to get my mare out before we really show. Well everyone has to start in the showmanship class before the rest of the classes. I've never done showmanship before, and there's not going to be like amazing contestants there so it's not that bad. Anyway I'm planning on just getting a leather halter with fancy stitching, it's gorgeous. I have a black horse so I was thinking of getting tobacco coloured, I know it's not usually seen in showmanship, but I'm not going to show seriously so tobacco coloured would probably be fine. Anyway I'm going to get my coach to help me prepare and teach my horse, but any tips from here would help! Thanks!
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since the horse and you are both new to showmanship, only practice around 15 minutes a day. Showmanship can be frustrating to both horse and rider (trust me i've been there), so practicing it for too long can lead to confusion and you two getting annoyed with each other.

Another thing, when you use verbal cues (cluck, kiss, etc) pick one for each move and STICK TO IT. For example, I use cluck to trot, "ho" to stop, kiss while pivoting. It makes communicating that much easier (:

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