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post #1 of 4 Old 03-16-2011, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Miniature horse --- showmanship?

Alright, well I know relatively nothing about showmanship, but I'm wanting to get into it in the near future with my filly. She's registered and such, but I have quite a few questions =]

first off, do you guys think she's halter material? She's a bit of a pain in the butt, but she willingly trots, backs up, sidesteps, turns, and squares up with no problem. She doesn't clip yet (I haven't tried, anyways) but otherwise she's great. Are halter horses always judged by breed standard, and is Sour standard? She's about 34 inches tall think. Here are some confo shots with her winter coat (she's already shedded out though)

pardon her hooves, they really needed trimmed

just as a note, she is only 2 in these pictures and the high croup has already dissapeared =]

here she is doing her paces on the lunge line

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and last, a photo of her when she's mostly shedded out, although it's not a confo shot...but just to see her body shape =]

also, what do you have to wear for showmanship classes? Is there anything besides the sidestepping/backing/trotting/squaring up that she needs to be able to do? We did a mimick showmanship class today at our barn to teach all of us how to present our horses and the two of us won. The pattern was trot, walk, back five steps, 180 degree turn to the right, set up, trot back. Is that about normal or does it get harder? Thanks guys!

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Firstly, what a cute filly!!!

Are you looking at specifically halter, or showmanship, or both? Halter judges the horse, her confo and way of going, etc. Showmanship judges you, your presentation. In showmanship, the horse is a "prop" to show your ability to groom, condition, and control the horse - conformation isn't nearly the factor that it is in halter (in fact, in the 4-H rulebook for my state, I don't believe that it's a factor at all.) There are some other more subtle differences as well.

I would say that, if you're showing Halter, your filly will be judged according to the standards outlined by her registry. I'm not terribly familiar with minis, but if you look up your registry's website they probably have a list of what the ideal is for minis with their registry. That is what she'll be compared to in the ring.

I'm not much at critiquing, but I recommend posting in the critique section to perhaps get more nibbles on those questions. There are some very knowledgeable confo-gurus here, as well as a few people with a lot of experience in buying, breeding, training, and showing minis.

(Watched Video) Something to watch for when you're leading her for showmanship/halter - make sure to keep your body about even with her throatlatch; you get ahead of her a few times. Your turn is into her, which is good, but it needs to be more of a pivot. Making a right turn into her, her right hind hoof should be planted, and her left hind should step around the right. Her left fore will cross in front of her right fore.

Show attire depends on what discipline you want to show (English or Western). English, you would wear jodhpurs or breeches and tall boots, ratcatcher shirt, and hunt coat, with helmet or hunt cap. Western, you would wear slacks (slightly fitted - look up some pics on Google to get an idea what to look for; Some companies actually sell "official" showmanship pants), boots the same color as your pants, a belt, and a western type shirt or blazer. And a cowboy hat, of course.

At the beginning level, walk/trot/back/set-up/pivot/halt is enough to get through the patterns. They do get more difficult than what you describe, but if you have the components mastered, it isn't too bad at all. The big thing that might be added to higher level patterns is a pull turn, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

Good luck!!

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All the mini shows I have been too show halter...I don't remember a showmanship class. I will be working the next one here and will know more. I know they all have a triangle left longer than the rest of their clipped coat, just above the tail. It is suppose to create an illusion so depending on what you are trying to correct will determine the length and the width.
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thank you so much guys, for taking the time to answer all of those questions =] I did post a thread on Sour's conformation a month or two back and got some good replies, and as far as most of them are concerned- she's very well build besides being very slightly pigeon toed. I think I'd like to do showmanship, rather than halter. Thanks for the tips with leading her! I do tend to get ahead of her, especially at turns- but we've been working on that and I believe we're doing much better. As for the pivot, we'll definately start working on that! Shouldn't be too terribly hard, as long as she's in a good mood o.-

Because of an unplanned breeding (stupid people x.x) she is in foal at the moment, but once the foal is weaned I hope to start competing locally with her! That gives us atleast six months to prepare so hopefully by then, we'll be an ideal pair. Once again, thanks so much guys =]

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