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post #1 of 18 Old 12-31-2013, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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Showing with a Haflinger

So I have high hopes to show my Haflinger this year in showmanship and western pleasure. He will also possibly be shown in English events by someone else. But I have a few questions as to what the proper etiquette would be for him grooming wise.

Do I pull his mane or leave it long? It's super long now but not sure if I should pull it especially for the English part?

Hooves- black or clear hoof polish?

Regular show halter or the white "draft" show halter?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-31-2013, 11:21 PM
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I would never pull a Haffy's mane! x.x I would probably braid it like this (just banding it in pairs):


The rest I don't know xD
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Some of that is going to depend where you are showing and who the judge is. If you are showing at a draft show, than show him like a draft. They are turned out the same as Percherons and Belgians. More common to see long manes so clean it up if it's raggy but leave as much length as you can. A white halter is always appropriate but it can make the head look chunky. Going down to 1 1/4" leather will help. You do see black trimmed with silver halters but make sure it is right for him. Mature horses are supposed to be shown with a chain. His mane should be loose or rolled with flower springs. Forelock braided. Hoofs black. Legs are slightly hairier (trim the long hairs down the back of the leg) but trim the coronet band (clippers going up against the grain) to make his hoof look bigger. Clipping is as extreme as Arabs. Every last hair has to go. (and oiled up) Tail down. When he's lined up next to a big Belgian gelding, he will look like a miniature version of him. You do not wear anything blingy. Color coordinated polos and pants are standard. Do not need a hat. Need a show stick.

If you are showing him in an open show under Quarter Horse judges and you want to place, show him like a quarter horse. If you want to mess with their heads, show him like a draft. Square him up like a QH too.

Under saddle, stick with a more traditional QH turnout both ways. Long mane and tail for western. Control the mane at least for English.
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I would leave the mane long, un braided for western, running braid for english.

Black hoof polish on dark hooves, if the hooves are light then clear.

I would personally show in a nice leather with or without silver accents.
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Some of that is going to depend where you are showing and who the judge is. If you are showing at a draft show, than show him like a draft. They are turned out the same as Percherons and Belgians. More common to see long manes so clean it up if it's raggy but leave as much length as you can. A white halter is always appropriate but it can make the head look chunky. Going down to 1 1/4" leather will help. You do see black trimmed with silver halters but make sure it is right for him. Mature horses are supposed to be shown with a chain. His mane should be loose or rolled with flower springs. Forelock braided. Hoofs black. Legs are slightly hairier (trim the long hairs down the back of the leg) but trim the coronet band (clippers going up against the grain) to make his hoof look bigger. Clipping is as extreme as Arabs. Every last hair has to go. (and oiled up) Tail down. When he's lined up next to a big Belgian gelding, he will look like a miniature version of him. You do not wear anything blingy. Color coordinated polos and pants are standard. Do not need a hat. Need a show stick.

If you are showing him in an open show under Quarter Horse judges and you want to place, show him like a quarter horse. If you want to mess with their heads, show him like a draft. Square him up like a QH too.

Under saddle, stick with a more traditional QH turnout both ways. Long mane and tail for western. Control the mane at least for English.
I don't know any of the facts of this, but what an excellent detailed post!
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How interesting all the different ways of presenting them

(I'm kind of glad that life is simple in the UK, we just show to type whether ridden or not, so a pure bred would be au naturel (with tidying)).
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Here in the US it's the class, the type of show, the horse, etc. lol.
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Here in the US it's the class, the type of show, the horse, etc. lol.

Yes, I'm learning that there is a huge variety to consider Over here even in low level dressage classes the turnout (apart from colour of gloves) could be exactly the same as a showing class. I tend to do a running plait to help the judge see our movements but it is not a requirement or expected.
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...His mane should be loose or rolled with flower springs. Forelock braided...

What/how is a mane rolled with flower springs?

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post #10 of 18 Old 01-02-2014, 06:27 PM
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I think an important missing factor here is what type of show you'll be attending. Are these just schooling shows? Open? Or?

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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