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    09-13-2010, 05:59 PM
Showing an Arabian in hand?

My good friend recently got her drop dead gorgeous Arab gelding back from being out on lease and she needs help giving him some attention. Everyone at our barn keeps mentioning that he should be taken in to halter classes and I completely agree.

The catch is, I've only ever taken a stock horse into a halter class and I've always been under the impression they're shown differently then a performance type. Any advice and suggestions welcome!
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    09-13-2010, 06:47 PM
Green Broke
First off, you'll need an Arab halter (you have to use one for a horse that has dominant Arab in it), and secondly you'll need to learn how to set an Arab up. That's all I can tell you.
    09-13-2010, 07:07 PM
Do you (or anyone else) know the difference between setting up a stock horse and Arab?
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    09-13-2010, 07:14 PM
Green Broke
Yeah. With stock horses you want to set them up square, but I'm sure you already know this. With Arabs, you want the front legs to be square, but the back legs won't be. The left hind leg will be farther back than the right hind will be. I'll find a picture for you.

And you'll want to stretch the neck out like that.
    09-13-2010, 08:27 PM
I figured the back legs were split, thanks for the picture and other advice!
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    01-06-2011, 09:29 AM
Plus if you look at pics from an Arabian horse horse, they also really show their long arched neck.....
    01-06-2011, 02:18 PM
Yep, the major differences in the presentation between an Arab and a stock-type horse are the leg placement and that stretched-out neck.

I would teach your Arab to set up the same way as you would a stock-type halter horse. There are a few ways to do it, but I like to visualize a horizontal square under the horse's chin, each corner corresponding to a hoof. Moving the lead to a corner means move that foot. There are several other threads on teaching this, just tailor the placement to your horse's requirements.

That lovely stretched neck is best achieved through a combination of lifting the lead to guide the head up and forward, and catching the horse's attention. When I was showing an Arab in-hand in small local shows, I was instructed to do something along the lines of snapping my fingers, crinkling a candy wrapper, or picking up some ring footing and dropping it to get that pricked-ear stretch. I'm not sure what type of showing you're looking to do or what is allowed in the ring as far as those tactics go - that's just what flies at the little open shows that I do.

An "official" Arab halter is worth having if you're really going to go whole hog into halter classes, but I've also seen Arabs and half-Arabs shown in bridles in hunter or saddle-seat divisions, both snaffles and doubles.

Good luck!

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