Cinny's First Playday, please help me choose classes

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    01-23-2013, 12:00 PM
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Cinny's First Playday, please help me choose classes

This Sunday I am taking Cin to our first "play show," it's just a really relaxed charity show. No, there are no Dressage classes LOL. My goal is to work on our bond and trust issues and I thought this would be a great way to do it. I have experience with all of the classes, he has experience with NONE of them. But again, it's just for fun. Here is the showbill...which things would you choose? Oh, and because it's a fun show there is no restriction that if you do walk/trot you can only do walk/trot...completely open. Now remember, I have experience with almost everything on the bill (I don't know what the heck stick horse is) but Cinny has only done Dressage and only mediocre training level dressage. However he was bred for reining and speed events and always has a cannon up his butt to run full out.

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These are the ones I was thinking of

Bareback Eq
Bareback Ride a Buck
The W/t pleasure 19+ and Green horse using my bareback stuff

Maybe English pleasure although he does not move like the AQHA and APHA pleasure horses, he moves like a dressage horse.

Barrel Trot and/or barrel 19+ with NO EXPECTATIONS just playing

Of course we will sport all protective gear including his boots, etc and I am not "pushing" in the speed things, just letting him have fun in a way that he never gets to.

What are your guy's opinions?
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    01-23-2013, 12:17 PM
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Lol...... stick horse is where the very young ride a stick with a plastic horse head on it or similar

As far as other entries, whatever you and you horse would have fun doing

    01-23-2013, 10:33 PM
Green Broke
That's just it, not sure what Cinny would think was fun. Probably anything where I would allow him to run full out.

Thanks for letting me know what Stick Horse is...My son could do that one.
    01-24-2013, 11:49 AM
Don't forget to share pics! :) I LOVE playdays - lots of fun (plus usually for the good reason like helping a rescue, help to those in need, etc.).
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    01-24-2013, 12:13 PM
Sounds like fun!!!! Enter what you think is fun and take pictures!
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    01-24-2013, 12:27 PM
I agree with everyone else. Try what sounds fun, heck try them all, it's a play day for a good cause. Even if it's one that you discover isn't you or Cinny's thing, it's still an opportunity to work traffic and help a good cause.
    01-24-2013, 03:05 PM
I would still practice speed events at home, especially getting him comfortable going a little faster. I've seen several people at an old barn who took their pleasure horses to a playday and got bucked off because they horses didn't know how to handle a little speed. Even if you don't plan on going fast, it's always best to make sure your horse is comfortable going fast so if he accidentally books it, he won't freak and you can get him under control.

"The W/t pleasure 19+ and Green horse using my bareback stuff"
^^ That is kind of a huge no-no in my book. They have the bareback classes for bareback. I would wear tack for a pleasure class, just to be respectful to the other riders. Even though it's a fun show, if I was trying to school my horse in a pleasure class and someone was plunking around bareback, I would call them a crazy heathen lol! Especially in a green horse class.

But it sounds like a good day :)
    01-25-2013, 02:59 PM
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I almost always ride bareback and I used to play with the barrels at my old stable so he isn't all unfamiliar with them. I've just never encouraged him to completely go FULL out at a gallop before because I always have a fear in the back of my head that he will buck me, though he has only ever bucked me once, and it was a little buck to get my attention that he had cut his heel.

I think I will enter some of the bareback and pleasure and then see how tired he is. If he is still up for a good go, we may try some speed, if he's tired or stressed out we will stop and I may take him for a nice calming ride home (he is boarded only 2 miles from the showgrounds).

I'll take pics
    01-27-2013, 10:10 PM
What's keyhole? Some of those classes sound fun.
    01-28-2013, 09:31 AM
I think keyhole is one barrel at the other end of the arena and you run to it around it then back to the start, if my mermory serves me right.
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