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    03-13-2010, 02:30 PM
  #1
Showing
How to choose the right horse?

Is there such a thing? I know for essentially all disciplines, there are things to look for when searching for the right horse, whether it be conformation, temper/personality, training, height, color etc etc...

Conformation would be an obvious one, and I know there are breed specific shows, but what are some of the things to look for when looking for the right halter show horse? What are things that you really need to inquire about, ask about, search into?

Thanks for all the input!
     
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    03-13-2010, 05:29 PM
  #2
Weanling
In a HALTER class, it's all about conformation. You can touch your horse and everything, because they are just being judged on the horse that shows the best confo/type for that breed. Almost every breed has a halter class, and I'm not sure on what other breeds require, but for stock horse types, it's about being like.. a quarter horse type. Stocky, compact, straight... That goes for appys, paints, and quarter horses. They have to be able to stand square.

For SHOWMANSHIP, it's judged on how well you show the horse. Confo counts for some, in certain shows, but not a lot. The scoring usually goes like this: The appearance of the horse is 40 points: 15 for condition and thriftiness, 20 for grooming, and 5 for tack. Showing the horse is 50 points: Ring deportment is 10, actions are 10, leading is 15, and posing is 15. And last, the exhibitor is 10 points: 5 for appearance, and 5 for attitude.

Basically, you're looking for a horse with the best possible confo, a lot of eye appeal, willingness, and trainablity, IMHO.
     
    03-13-2010, 08:01 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Nita    
In a HALTER class, it's all about conformation. You can touch your horse and everything, because they are just being judged on the horse that shows the best confo/type for that breed. Almost every breed has a halter class, and I'm not sure on what other breeds require, but for stock horse types, it's about being like.. a quarter horse type. Stocky, compact, straight... That goes for appys, paints, and quarter horses. They have to be able to stand square.

For SHOWMANSHIP, it's judged on how well you show the horse. Confo counts for some, in certain shows, but not a lot. The scoring usually goes like this: The appearance of the horse is 40 points: 15 for condition and thriftiness, 20 for grooming, and 5 for tack. Showing the horse is 50 points: Ring deportment is 10, actions are 10, leading is 15, and posing is 15. And last, the exhibitor is 10 points: 5 for appearance, and 5 for attitude.

Basically, you're looking for a horse with the best possible confo, a lot of eye appeal, willingness, and trainablity, IMHO.
Sounds like showmanship is pretty much a beauty pageant! LOL.
     
    03-13-2010, 09:31 PM
  #4
Showing
Great info!
     
    03-13-2010, 10:10 PM
  #5
Weanling
Haha aintnocitygirl! No kidding, that's basically what it is!
     
    03-14-2010, 04:19 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Sounds like showmanship is pretty much a beauty pageant! LOL.
Indeed. When you've got a white horse who is cleaned to the nines, and has great training, you'll never lose. It's just really hard getting some of those stains off darn it!
     
    03-14-2010, 11:39 PM
  #7
Foal
Speaking of getting stains off whites, any tricks? Last minute, he laid in a pile of poo and got a stain the night before a show, ideas? Home type remedies, not the $$ bottles stuff, tried it, not impressed.
     
    03-16-2010, 10:02 AM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Peetz    
Speaking of getting stains off whites, any tricks? Last minute, he laid in a pile of poo and got a stain the night before a show, ideas? Home type remedies, not the $$ bottles stuff, tried it, not impressed.
Vinegar works sometimes. Just pour some on a paper towl & rub the spot with it.
     

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