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        02-13-2008, 11:31 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hunterequlover781
    You never know with judges. I have been asked to do stuff that you would never even imagine a judge would ask of you in a hack class. You should just be ready for anything. Your first show may be a bit overwhelming and stressful, but try to have fun and do the best you can. Packing is important.- Don't forget anything you will need. I would suggest making a checklist because sometimes things can get so crazy and the last thing you want to do it forget something important. If your planning on jumping, make sure to warm up over all the fences and know your courses. If you are doing any equ. Classes, make sure that if they have a patern posted that you know the patern. This is where they may throw in some crazy stuff, like sitting trot, hand gallop, lead changes, I have been asked about equipment and horse body parts, posting and sitting w/o stirrups trot and canter w/o stirups, troting on the buckle, etc. Don't worry too much though. It's hard to be totally prepared for your first show and to know what to expect, but the most important thing is to relax and enjoy it.
    What in the world is trotting on the buckle?
         
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        02-13-2008, 04:08 PM
      #12
    Foal
    I'm pretty sure it means riding your horse on a loose rein ... with your hands back at the buckle.
         
        02-13-2008, 04:16 PM
      #13
    Started
    Shoulders back, heels down, keep a good seat, don't be nervous, and have fun!!!

    Oh, and let us know how it all goes!

    Good luck. 8)


    My first show was so breath-taking! Lol. And I had the greatest time. I was nine years old on a 30yr. Old Leopard Appaloosa mare. She was very stubborn but my placings ranged between 3rd and 5th.

    Be happy! Going to a show with your horse should be one of the greatest things! Lol.
         
        02-13-2008, 04:55 PM
      #14
    Started
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BluMagic
    Shoulders back, heels down, keep a good seat, don't be nervous, and have fun!!!

    Oh, and let us know how it all goes!

    Good luck. 8)


    My first show was so breath-taking! Lol. And I had the greatest time. I was nine years old on a 30yr. Old Leopard Appaloosa mare. She was very stubborn but my placings ranged between 3rd and 5th.

    Be happy! Going to a show with your horse should be one of the greatest things! Lol.

    Add to that! Toes in! Point them towards the nose.
         
        02-17-2008, 09:32 AM
      #15
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by regardinghorses
    Depending on what type of show it is, the craziest thing they'll ask for outside of w/t/c is a sitting trot. If you are riding in a breed show or 4-H show, equitation classes typically have a pattern that is posted ahead of time for you to memorize. It can include transitions (walk at this cone, stop at this cone, trot a circle at this cone, canter on a specific lead, figure 8, etc). They aren't anything too crazy. Do keep in mind that during flat work you will have to transition to a canter from a walk, not from a trot.

    Outside of all of the good riding technique already instilled in your head, there is one important key: always know where the judge is and make sure you get seen. Always try to be one of the first horses in the ring, and enter at your best gait.This is a great way to get noticed before the class technically begins. If your horse has a great trot, enter at a trot. Be sure to come back to a walk when it looks like all the entrants are in the ring. Don't get bunched in with other horses. It's ok to cut across the ring or circle to get a spot on the rail by yourself. At the only A-rated show I competed in, I pinned in a flat class of 38 horses because I knew where the judge was and was able to get by myself and get noticed.

    Practice standing still! When you line up for the results at the end, you want your horse to stand square (all four legs even) and alert. Don't give him a loose rein or let him drop his head and sit in the very best form you can must.

    Make sure your boots and your horse's hooves are polished (a mom running around with a towel and hoof polish is a great thing to have as she can spruce you up right before you head into the ring). Be neat and clean, and keep it conservative for English riding. No crazy colors or sparkles.

    Be confident, relaxed, and have fun!

    Remember that it's not all about the ribbons. If you go out there and have a good ride, you are successful. The ultimate goal is to do the very best you can and ride to you and your horse's potential. If you are better than the other competitors, then great!
    That's what I was trying to say.
         

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