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post #1 of 7 Old 08-10-2010, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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What is Fitting and Grooming?

This is our first summer of showing, so we are still learning the ropes. We have a show coming up this weekend that my 7 year old will be able to participate in for the first time (most of the shows we've been to have been 9 and older). Both girls are doing showmanship, which we know all about. They also have an "8 and under Fitting and Grooming" class, so I'd like my little one to do that with her pony. I'm not quite sure what it is though lol. Does the horse need to be tacked up?
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They also have an "8 and under Fitting and Grooming" class, so I'd like my little one to do that with her pony. I'm not quite sure what it is though lol. Does the horse need to be tacked up?

Did you ever discover what this was all about? I assume so, but I'm curious. I have NEVER heard of that before. Well, that's not true. I've heard of this in the livestock pen. It's a lot like showmanship, but it's judged on the animal's appearance and general conditioning, not the exhibitor (as opposed to showmanship). Was that what it was?

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It was more or less just a halter class, except that the kids were theoretically being judged more on the horse's grooming and cleanliness than on conformation. However, I found out that when they did a 4H class with the same name last year at our county fair, it did require that the horse be fully tacked up.
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It was more or less just a halter class, except that the kids were theoretically being judged more on the horse's grooming and cleanliness than on conformation. However, I found out that when they did a 4H class with the same name last year at our county fair, it did require that the horse be fully tacked up.

Aha!! Good to know. One never knows what classes will appear on a show bill, huh? :)

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This is our first year of showing, but I've discovered that unless a listed class is something really clear cut (english equitation, western pleasure, open halter etc) that one needs to ask the people running THAT show exactly what the class consists of lol.
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It should be called "Fitting and Showing", and that is exactly the same thing as showmanship. It involves grooming the animal to make it appear at its best, as well as presenting the animal to its best advantage. Part of that is the way the exhibitor presents him/herself, too.

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-17-2010, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Really the only difference between that class and a showmanship class was that there really wasn't a pattern. No pivots. Just walk to the judge, set up for inspection, trot to the rail
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