it's just a schooling show and we're not doing flat, the classes are separate. My mare has some training issues we need to work on, she didn't walk at all when i first got her =P. I know you need to walk out of the ring for jumping hunters, so we've been working on that like crazy, and she'll walk for me now, but it's still hard when she's excited.
I'm jumping just the 2', because my mare's only been jumping for 2 months. The format is doing the course three times, with various patterns each time.
As for saddle fitting a breast-plates, no one I've shown my mare's back to has ever seen such a non-existent wither. Even my coach had trouble finding where to put the saddle on her the first time i asked. Her mane also runs down the whole wither, to add to the confusion. I REALLY can't jump any height without a breastplate (she's green and will probably do weird stuff ), and i can explain that to the judge too, if need be. The best fitting saddle for her is her western saddle, but that would be a very bad idea, lol. My mom's english fits her very well, but i really don't want to end up sitting on her butt!
As for her mane, it's about 10 to 12 inches long. She's a Morgan, so she's supposed to have a long, flowing mane (at least here...). I'm not cutting or pulling it because its her breed standard (she's reg.), and she looks really nice with her long mane. Also, the winters are SO cold (Canada) that i think she'll need it! I tried braiding it, and it looked very very bad.... she has waaaay too much hair for braiding. She looked very fancy in her french braid though, which is why i was asking about that. If french braid is a big no-no can i leave it unbraided?
I have both natural and white half-pads, as well as a white full-pad, so now i'm confused at what's best...lol. My friend told me the judges like the half-pads here best? But what color is best?
Other than that, i have my jacket and pants all ready, so i just need to know what to do with the horse.... i can also tell you guys what I've seen at a previous show of theirs: some people put ribbons in their horses mane? Some went from the jumpers and wore bright boots and pads, some were turned out well for hunters, so i guess it's a mixed bag.
I'll also have to put a green and red ribbon in my mare's tail.... any good ideas for how? I think your supposed to braid tail for hunters too...
sorry for all the questions! Thank you so much for trying to help =)