I have seem many posters say they are not really interested in the halter class....just something to do.
Just a thought......
Do you really what to go out in the ring and have the judge see your horse???
If this not not something you are at your best at......do you want the judge to see your horse in a "less than ready light".
They do remember these horses class to class.
They could be negative on them by the time you get in your prefered class.
Yes, I want my horse to go into the ring and have the judge see my horse. I want a versatile horse. I want my horse to gain show experience. I won't be taking my horse in looking like poo, he will be looking his absolute best, and on his best behaviour. I am interested in the halter class, but I am also interested, when he is ready, in having him show in western pleasure.
As long as the horse is well presented and not looking like absolute crap why would it reflect negatively on a person for later classes? Getting a horse into the classes for more in the ring experience is what most people are going for. Most people are not looking to do halter and only halter so do not train their horses that way and there is nothing wrong with that nor is it held against them in later classes.
OP you got some great advice. Share some pics of your journey please! I now I would love to see how he does.
I will definitely share our progress! Depending on funds, we may be going to another breed show in June!
The OP would be OK to go in a showmanship class.
In a halter class you are asking the judge what they think of the horse compared to the other horses in the ring.
I am not ready for a showmanship class. Walter is, but I am not ready to go into the ring. My cousin currently shows him for me.
But yes, I do want to know what the judge thinks of my horse compared to the others. At this point in time we are not going to Nationals/Worlds. We are showing within our province. If my horse places 1st or last, that is not my concern. I will be pleased if he does his job in the ring. So what if the judges don't like my horse- I do.
Again, thank you everyone
for your great advice. I will use what I think will help us achieve our goals. I will also post photo's as we go along, just to track his progress. I am also glad to say his ApHC papers came back, and his official name is QAR Frosty Rock (tehe its so silly!), and we will now transfer him to me, and apply for his ApHCC papers!