Hi everyone! I'm beyond excited as I've got my first recognized show with the mare I have been riding for the past two years, Wren! I would like as many tips as possible from what to bring, what to wear, and best ways to make Wren stand out. We will be showing in opportunity hunter and eq classes.
Info on Wren: She's a 15.3 thoroughbred (3/4) Percheron (1/4). Chestnut, two white socks, and a blaze. She's been my project horse now for two years. Her 'project' issues were, bolting, spooking at EVERYTHING, and getting very strong in the bridle. However, in the past few months she has made a phenomenal turn around after having time off. At home, we jump 2'3" courses but haven't ventured any higher than that because she isn't in shape enough. However, when she was in shape she jumped 3ft+ constantly. I've been told by my trainer that she gets quite excited at shows, so I'm very prepared for her to try and pull some old tricks. But I'm not showing for me, I am showing for her. I owe it to her after everything she's done for me :)
Now, I've got pretty much everything set out for Wren. But I do have a few questions.
1. When I do my equitation walk/trot/canter class, should I canter in a half seat or full?
2. If I am showing around 8:15am, what time should I start hand-walking her around the farm, and what time should I start warmup?
3. Will this helmet be acceptable since I am only doing opportunity classes? http://cache-images.pronto.com/thumb...0&bgcol=FFFFFF
4. Best ways to chill out a horse before showing?
Thank you all so much, I'm excited to see the responses! :)