Sorry guys, I haven't been on in a few days...
This is Random, but is that colver leaf in Bangor Pa? I keep hearing people talk about shows at clover leaf but i've never been there. So I was just wondering if he was the same place or clover leaf in another state
Nope, this show was at the fairgrounds in Warren County (Northwestern) PA.
Just curious, is using a chain required? The horse on the left doesn't look like it has the chain under or over the nose. If it is required, why?
PA 4-H requires either a halter and chain or a bridle with English turnout. If you go in without one you probably won't be dismissed from the arena or anything, but you'll be at the bottom of the placings at a 4-H show with a judge that knows the 4-H rules and requirements. I can't really speak for different organizations, but the open and schooling shows in my area typically follow 4-H-like guidelines.
I was going to comment on the other horse in that bottom picture, but the edit time ran out at the time.
I believe that she has threaded the chain through the center ring on the bottom and doubled it back on itself. The PA 4-H rulebook stipulates that the chain must be over the nose or under the jaw. The pic is from a 4-H show, and while I don't remember the placings I would expect that that entry would have lost points for that chain configuration.
That being said, more points would have been lost if she had a simple snap lead without a chain. If I had to guess, I would say that she is simply fulfilling the PA 4-H club requirement of obtaining a G&S score for the year and isn't terribly concerned about being super-correct. I've seen regular barrel racers fulfill that G&S requirement in grungy nylon halters and cowboy hats that make Mushmouse look dapper. 4-H doesn't give a minimum score required to complete the year, just to obtain a score.
The chain simply allows for a more subtle cue. There are pros and cons to over vs. under. I find that, under, if the horse needs more than a touch on the lead the head will pop up due to the pressure under it. However, there is less potential for rubbing than an over-nose configuration. A lot of horses, JIME, resent the pressure from running the chain over the nose and don't show quite as pleasantly. Personally, I like my horses to be able to complete the pattern without a lead: if they can do that, it doesn't much matter what they wear as the equipment is more for show and refinement than control.
Sorry for the novel...