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post #1 of 17 Old 01-04-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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What do I need to show in a halter class?

Hi everyone, I have never shown before and have a beautiful 7 yo registered paint mare. A lot of people have mentioned that she would make a awesome halter horse. I would like to try it out this coming show season. Just open shows of course. Anything special I need to know about grooming or tack in order to do ok in the show ring?

Any advise is appreciated. Thanks.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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bump :) sorry to bump but I need an answer please.

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post #3 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:13 PM
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What discipline are you showing her in? If it's western you'll need a leather halter with a leather lead and stud chain.

Make sure your horse looks her best, so make sure the whites are white,her nose hairs have been shaved off, her legs are clipped, you should bathe your horse either the day before or the morning of the show. Is her mane long or short?

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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Western..... her mane is long and I don't want to cut it short at all. Should I just leave it loose or braid it maybe?

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post #5 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:34 PM
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no braids of any kind. For long mane let lay flat, the forelock should be put in a pony tail and slid under the strap of the halter. I'll see if I can't find a picture for you.

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post #6 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Anything with the tail?

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post #7 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:43 PM
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Here, if the forelocks long enough tuck it under the halter, but otherwise...

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Since it's an open show, the long mane shouldn't matter (do not braid it). I'm not sure about the regulations of the much larger shows...

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post #8 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 07:46 PM Thread Starter
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She's a registered paint.....what halter classes can I go in with her?

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post #9 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 08:02 PM
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It depends on the show and it's size. There may be only two halter classes offered or there could be at least four. The possible classes are:

Halter Geldings and Stallions
Halter Mares
Pleasure Saddle type Mares
Pleasure Saddle type Geldings and Stallions
Stock-hunter type Mares
Stock-hunter type Geldings and Stallions
Weanlings-Yearlings Halter

*Paint-Pinto 100% color
*Any other color 100% color

*these classes are judges solely on your horse's coloring, so I'm not sure if they are actual halter classes.

The classes you would be eligible to enter are the two color classes (if offered) and either the Halter mares class OR the Stock-hunter type Mares (it would depend on the size of the show as to which one is offered.)

A larger show would be more likely to offer more classes. The small shows will offer the minimum number of halter classes, the minimum classes are Halter mares and Halter Geldings and Stallions.

I hope that makes sense to you, if it doesn't please tell me.

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post #10 of 17 Old 01-11-2011, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Yep all makes sense so far, thanks. Oh and anything with the tail? Do I do just clear on the hoofs too?

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