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post #1 of 18 Old 07-27-2011, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Are any of my horses good Halter Class prospects?

I've been wanting to get into horse shows... I have a horse I can use in a speed event (barrels) and I was wanting to try out Halter... Well I don't know very much but judges grade you on how you present your horse and your horse's conformation right? Well I have 4 horses and I was wondering which one you think would do best in this event... None of them were bred for this .. I know the main idea is to have fun which I most definitely will !! :) Pictures by rachelsue10 - Photobucket
That link has different pictures of the four horses..
1st is a bay colored 10 y/o OTTB gelding named Jake :) he's the one I'm using for barrels so if I could use him for Halter it would be one less horse to haul ! ;)
2nd is a bay roan 5 y/o QH mare named Misty
3rd is a dapple grey 12 y/o AQHA mare named Silver
4th is a 9 y/o paint mare named Sierra :)

Yes I already posted this but I couldnt figure out how to edit it to put in the right link so Im sorry !!
And please! Any other advice about shows related in any way at all please share (: I'm really nervous about getting started in this... And I don't really have a trainer to ask all these questions too... I don't plan on getting one not many people around here use them anyways.. But thanks for any help and please not real rude comments on the horses... don't call them ugly or anything... All horses are beautiful. (: And I love mine. (:
Thank you so much& God bless <3
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They are all pretty and look well cared for but I don't think they'd place high in Halter classes. Halter horses are typically very very BIG either with muscle or sometimes just plain F-A-T. I would suggest Googling AQHA and APHA World Halter winners and taking notes from them. If you really want to show in Halter and place well, then you're horses need to go on a specialized diet and exercise routine to help build needed fat and tone up bulging muscles. Now if you're just looking to have fun with your babies then by all means, go right ahead, its entirely up to you! :) Its totally up to you and what you want to do, its all about making you and your horses happy!

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Thank you a lot ! I'll do that (:
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They are all pretty and look well cared for but I don't think they'd place high in Halter classes. Halter horses are typically very very BIG either with muscle or sometimes just plain F-A-T. I would suggest Googling AQHA and APHA World Halter winners and taking notes from them. If you really want to show in Halter and place well, then you're horses need to go on a specialized diet and exercise routine to help build needed fat and tone up bulging muscles. Now if you're just looking to have fun with your babies then by all means, go right ahead, its entirely up to you! :) Its totally up to you and what you want to do, its all about making you and your horses happy!


Yep I think that'll be the general consensus here. To do well in an AQHA show, they will have to be bred to be a halter horse to be competitive. If we lived back in the 60s when they actually rode halter horses,(which they should) they might do ok. And you may do good in a local show, especially with the bay
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The bay is the one Im planning on doing a speed event with so that would be good ! Except he's a TB not QH ... Does that make much of a difference?
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I do ride my Halter horses :) nothing like muscles toned with undersaddle exercises!

Some show tips I have are:
HAVE FUN!!
Find a veteran Halter shower who's nice and ask for advice. Usually, they're very helpful. I've had so much help through the years while showing both Gaited and Western halter.
Start a grooming routine and stick to it religiously! Use a rubber curry on them 2-3 times a day and then a soft bristled finishing brush to lift away any dust and finish it off with a conditioning coat spray. You want their coats as short and smooth as possible.
Use a microfiber shammy to polish them with after applying the spray, it'll make them shine like glass!!
Make sure their hooves are in perfect condition.
Really practice practice practice with them on setting up square. I would watch a few halter classes either online or at a show and really observe the horses and their handlers, take notes. :)

Good luck! If I think of any more tips hint or suggestions, I'll let you know! :)
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Well, it really depends on what kind of shows they are. If they are smaller open shows, then, normally, the horse that is well fit, well conformed, and well turned out will beat out the beef cattle horses any day. It is usually the breed shows with the AQHA and APHA where you see those nasty, peg-legged, Schwarzenegger looking horses.

That being said, your best bet would be the bay (with some proper work to muscle him up a bit in all the right places) or the paint. They seem to have the best confo out of the bunch.

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Thanks TheMadHatter you are giving a lot of helpful hints !

And thanks! So Im taking all this as his being a TB doesnt matter... Haha! So to muscle him up... I am about to get him started on barrels again .. (We had a break for a few months cause a big tornado came through we've been really busy) would the training for that be enough to muscle him up or do I need to do something extra?? Also he's a TB and hard to keep weight on... Any suggestions there? We have recently put quite a bit of weight on him but he's about to start getting worked daily again and Im not sure if what he's on will be enough. I have him on 3 cans of senior feed mixed with rice bran.. Farnum weight builder supplement, red cell, a can of 12% livestock, and about 2 cans of soaked beet pulp... all that TWICE A DAY. So double what I just told you as his daily feed. And he's on turnout all day... So he gets a lot of forage in his diet. Anything that has worked for anyone exceptionally?
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As a weight supplement I love love LOVE Nutrena Empower Boost. It put weight on my Cisco and never made him hot or jittery once. I heart that stuff lol its $30 for a 50lb bag at my local Tractor Supply and 1 bag usually lasts me a month.

Exercise wise, I would lunge him on a flat piece of ground that has a small incline to it. Not enough for him to strain or fall down, just a little hump in the dirt so he'll have to pull his weight up it with his front legs. Think of it as a pull-up bar. To get his rump nice and round, back him a lot from the ground. When you lunge, only trot him as loping will burn too much fat. ALSO! A grooming tip: make sure you trim his bridle path, the whiskers on his nose and above/under his eyes (try not to clip the actual eyelashes) and trim evenly around his hooves and hocks. That's one of the first thing a judge looks at! They can see chin stubble a mile away!! Lol if you want to see a gooooorgeous halter horse who is very natural then go to Facebook and search for KH Moneyman. He's a beautiful buckskin stallion with huge promise and his owner is so super nice. :)
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Also in my opinion, I think your best bet for a good halter horse will be the roan followed by the grey. Both already have some bulk and nicely set muscle structures. Plus, their toplines are smoother than the bay gelding or paint mare. The grey could use more tone in the shoulder area for me but the roan looks like she'd need the least amount of work to really turn her out. :)
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