Halter is mostly based on the conformation of the horse... The horse only has a halter on (the type depends on the breed), the handler will enter the arena towards the judge at a walk and then at the direction will trot a line away to the line-up. In the line-up the horses are stood head to butt (if that makes sense) and the judge will do a closer evaluation, sometimes they will look at the teeth as well. The horse is to be standing square for stock breeds and then standing stretched out for light breeds...
The juge will then sometimes make a line-up from first place to the last place...
The horse is to be cleaned and cliped according to breed. The scoring is mostly based on conformation but the really clean fit horse will take the class over a dirty horse (if the conformation is close on both of them)
Along with what Angel said, the preparation work for Halter Showing is where most of the work comes from! It is based on confirmation and breed standards.
I will spend alot of intense time preparing for my halter shows. Generally a couple weeks prior to the show, mine get another body clipping. Along with the clipping and bathing, I also have to "cook" after clipping which is messy and a task in itself. As I start all the preparation, there is still the lead training going on. I have a farrier come out as well to give a nice cut to prepare the hooves. The day before and day of the show is where it gets pretty stressing. Along with a prep bath, a thorough final trimming of the body and ears are done, hooves are painted, whites are treated and the mane gets banded and trimmed. The day of the show, touch ups are done and anything that came out of place is fixed. The show halters are alos oiled a day or two before as well as shined.
Its always amazing to me how much has to be done when its near that time, and there is always something that can be fixed or touched up.
I don't show "halter" horses but instead WP and driving so I don't full body clip or anything but I now those big time halter horses are amazing..they are almost more fit looking then your typical all-around performance horse. Thanks for adding in to the thread
My horse Toby comes from a line of Halter Class Champions, and he is really good on lead, trots easy on lead, stops immediately and has the foundation Quarter Horse build. So I was thinking about showing him Halter. My only dilemma is... I don't have a barn and he is white. O.O I can't imagine how to get him clean and keep him clean. Yesterday I gave him a bath since it was so nice out and as I was walking him up and down a dirt road to dry him out before returning him to pasture... well, he dropped to the ground and rolled right there as I was walking him!!! *gasp* at that point, he was one giant mud horse. *cry*
Yea either that or you could hall in to a nearby barn the night before you haul in and clean him up. That's what I do before a show. That way I also have an arena to work in the night before. And they have a stall to stay in and plus you have a washrack.idk just an idea
my horse Toby comes from a line of Halter Class Champions, and he is really good on lead, trots easy on lead, stops immediately and has the foundation Quarter Horse build. So I was thinking about showing him Halter. My only dilemma is... I don't have a barn and he is white. O.O I can't imagine how to get him clean and keep him clean. Yesterday I gave him a bath since it was so nice out and as I was walking him up and down a dirt road to dry him out before returning him to pasture... well, he dropped to the ground and rolled right there as I was walking him!!! *gasp* at that point, he was one giant mud horse. *cry*
I can sympathize. Our lady is a big muscled, stocky Paint w/Impressive bloodline, but mainly white, too, and I think she LIKES to be dirty.
Pretty much cleaned up, nice and white....and what she normally looks like.
Hey I want to add my two bits! I halter show Arabians and it is sorta the same as QH or Paint but they want the horse to realy show off, Snort and blow. They like to see the arabian turn it on in the ring but when it comes to standing them they should realy show with tone and respect. If they are trained well they will give there neck to show the judge the length. The rules are you can't black the hooves at all, no fake tails at all. Now drugs of any kind can be used either. You can put shine on their coat and baby oil on their nose and eye lids. The horse is judged on condition and conformation. Attitude and classic arab type. I show at Class A and regional levels and it is a blast.
It takes a lot of training and 60 to 90 days conditoning just for a class A level about 6 months for regional and National level. I have black Arabians and they have to be treated like Vampires. No sun in spring or summer. Sounds mean but they get a lot of turn out time. During the fall and winter they get to go out in the sun. Its a lot of work but again I think it is worth it......................