Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: College Station, Texas
showmanship pro :)
well... halter you don't do anything but walk your horse, usually past the judge (judges) and you trot off to the lineup once you pass them. Then you set your horse up.. which im sure you know the idea of doing that (and how) and just wait to be "inspected" ... based totally on your horses conformation and nothing else. Also, your able to touch and move your horses feet to set them properly.
Showmanship you and your horse are judged. You will have a pattern to do with turns, pivots, trot offs, trot in a circle, backup, and also set up in front of a judge. And you can't touch your horse.
By asking which is better.. is a hard question. I love showmanship, but I also do halter so that I can get my horse in the ring and get him listening and setting his feet properly. For you, if your horse can't pivot on the hind foot and back up and all of the given showmanship stuff I would start with halter just to get your trot offs down and your set up practiced. But that is if your horse is totally new at this.. Getting them to set their feet is the hardest part I think... and im still trying to master a complete set up off of a stop without having to fix it before a judge.
Showmanship is hard. Halter isnt. Lol I was at a show this past weekend.. a halter horse can be acting up, having to reset, do some circles and get control and still win first as long as it can present itself to the judge when they walk to them. Also Halter is VERY political just as other events .. but like I said.. to get your feet wet. Go with halter... how is your horses conformation?