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post #1 of 18 Old 01-12-2013, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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AQHA show prep

Okay so I'm going to do my first AQHA show next winter, hunter under saddle. Help me figure out what else I need. I have...
Tall boots, breeches, navy coat, blue shirt, black gloves, show helmet (it has a chip strap-is that ok?), belt, saddle, bridle w/eggbutt bit, saddle pad with number holders. Anything else I'm lacking? Oh, I need a tail extension...
Also, any little turnout tips you have to get the judge's attention?
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-12-2013, 03:44 PM
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Small silver earrings always look nice and a crisp stock tie & pin.
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I know a lot of people will tell you to wear a hunt cap (the velvet helmet without a chin strap). I wore a normal helmet with the strap and didn't have any problems, but I'll be getting a hunt cap anyway. It "shows off your face".

If you're going in the winter, make sure your horse has lights on to prevent growing fur. I don't know why you wouldn't want to go out and show in the summer, it will be a lot more fun. :)

Fresh clips on the face day of, I've heard judges comment negatively on knowing if a person has only clipped the day before. Sanding the hooves before you polish them, hairspray to keep the sand off. Also spray the inside of your horse's hocks with show sheen to keep the tail from sticking to the inside legs. You also want to buy a hilighter to hilight your horse's eyes, nose, and ears. Touch up any white markings with white chalk or horse paint. They also make paint for coloring ergots and filling in scars and scrapes. If you have a horse vacuum, it will make the horse look very fresh the day of, since you shouldn't wash the horse the day of.

Lots of fun! Grooming is my favorite part.

Also hire someone or learn how to braid the mane the night before, then put on a slinky to keep the braids sharp and pressed to the neck. A good braider will know how thick to make the braids in order to make your horse's neck look thinner or thicker.


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I'm doing it in winter because that's when we have local ones, but if I'm ready and find another one before that I'd do one this summer.
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What do you mean by hilighter?
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They usually sell it in a jar or a stick, it's basically concentrated shine gel that you put on the points of your horse's face to make his head look more refined.

Ultra Highlighter - Grooming Tools from SmartPak Equine
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And even sunscreen works in a pinch :)


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Ok, I've seen something like that before.
Thanks so much!
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They don't generally use the stock pins in AQHA. Some folks will have embroidered initials or their name on the rat catcher, but no pin. Polish your boots and make sure your clothes are wrinkle free. The helmet is not a big deal. Most people in the AQHA ring use the hunt caps but they will not dock you for wearing an approved helmet. The approved helmets are used in the over fences classes.

Braid or band your horse the night before and put him to bed w/ a sleazy to press everything down. Wipe all the dust off your boots and make sure you wear your make-up. Earings are ok and most people actually do wear them (studs or stones - nothing dangling). Put your hair in a bun or a braid but make sure it is neat and contained, a hairnet would be helpful.

I think you'll be fine, just take your time in grooming yourself and your horse.

If you have a person on the ground with you to help keep you neat and clean, that's really helpful. My boys are usually in the back of the barns somewhere throwing a baseball so I'm never as neat as I want to be... but her is a pic anyway...
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