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    01-01-2012, 04:56 PM
Advice on first time showing

I will be starting the showing season this coming June and I am sooo excited. I want to know everything about shows and I would love any advice you can give! I won't be showing in any big time shows just at my local exibition grounds. I have only gone to one fun show in my life so I was just wondering if anyone had advice?

What to do?
What NOT to do?
Things to bring.
Your favorite products to use on your horse before showing?

Anything you wish you knew before your first show.
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    01-01-2012, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Wow this is a huuuuuge topic. First off are you planning on showing english, western, or what?
Things to bring-always have a grooming box for last minute touch ups. I always have a rag in my pocket for when my horse or someone im teachings horse gets dusty,dirty, whatever, a hoofpick with a brush is always on me too.
This is a really hard topic to go into theres so much. If you wanna pm me with really specific questions I can help you more. I showed english and western for 7 years.
    01-01-2012, 05:22 PM
I will be showing Western. I know that it is a huge topic to cover but I was hoping that everyone can post their past experiences or ask questions.

I am sure I'm not the only person the horseforum who is interested in showing for the first time
    01-01-2012, 05:38 PM
Green Broke
Okay so another question. How much are you willing to spend. By the time I stopped showing my show attire was $200 plus. Its not always like that with my mare I was in regular western shirt, jeans and chaps but it can get expensive the more competitive you get.

Things to do in the ring depend on what class. And sometimes on judges. Some liked lots of eye contact and smiling. Others wanted that serious eyes forward, head up. Some liked really loose reins with alot of leg yeilding others like more contact. You still want minimal movement of your rein hands. Depending on how old your horse is you can ride one hand or two. After 5 you have to be in a shank bit riding 1 handed.
Things not to do-dont touch the reins with your free hand during the class. Don't grab the saddle horn. Don't jerk the shank if your doing halter classes.

I like using just the mane and tail shampoo and conditioner. I don't do alot of extra cleaning.
    01-01-2012, 05:43 PM
Have FUN! That was, unfortunately a lesson I didn't learn at my first show. Don't be intimidated by the people who always believe they are going to win, you are here to show your horse, smile, and have fun!
    01-01-2012, 07:08 PM
Originally Posted by Roperchick    
okay so another question. How much are you willing to spend. By the time I stopped showing my show attire was $200 plus. Its not always like that with my mare I was in regular western shirt, jeans and chaps but it can get expensive the more competitive you get.
What classes were you showing in? Maybe it's just the area I was in but at all of the CA schooling shows I've ever been to every female WP and halter competitor was in fancy, sparkly (or at least detailed) blouses, not just button down shirts. Reining and cutting aren't as fancy from what I hear, though. This also may not be true of shows in all areas of the country. I'm interested to know.
    01-01-2012, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
I had slinkys when I was showing my mare but she was a much higher level then my colt and I went to more competitive shows than when I was showing my colt (i only showed him for 6 months) I just wore a fancy blue button down, black jeans and my normal black show chaps
    01-01-2012, 07:54 PM
Green Broke
Plus reining and cutting, their looking for more of the traditional and that's what I wore for that, but like western pleasure, horsemanship etc I was in my expensive attire.
    01-01-2012, 09:32 PM
Okay. Was just curious. :) I've only ever shown WP and while they usually had horsemanship and reining as well, but reining was after all of the WP classes and we didn't stick around that long. Wish we had every now and again though!
    01-01-2012, 09:44 PM
Green Broke
Ya its probably my favorite event. Now theyre doing it at the rodeos at home too. They just added cutting, reining, sorting and penning to the rodeo sched.

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