I think this is the point oh vair oh is trying to make; as a Versatility class is a 2 part class. First Western Equitation, W-J-L, then you untack your horse and retack in English and change in to English clothes usually in the area. For instance wearing chaps over breeches and a western show shirt over a white hunt shirt. All in about 5-10 minutes. And then you mount up and show hunt seat equitation W-T-C.
Every show abides by a set of rules, and it is stated on the show premium. Those rules define everything including show terms, judging criteria, legal equipment, appropriate turnout for horse and rider.
For an event like fair (county or state) typically you have to qualify with judgings, participating in a # of 4-H shows, a # of non-4-H shows, give a horse focused educational presentation.
Traditionally fair is supposed to be a culmination of qualified competitors.
I am absolutely NOT trying to be rude, I truly mean it how it reads: IF you're not sure about show basics like appropriate tack and the definitions and programs of basic classes, how is it you have qualified for fair?
Again, I'm not trying to be glib, it just feels less like overly defensive and unintentionally ignorant board noob, and more like simple trolling.
Especially when you state things like questioning what is "appropriate tack" and in the next post say you would rather talk to people instead of reading rule books.
We can give you tales of personal experiences but if the rule book your show uses differs, it doesn't matter and you could be DQ'ed.
4-H Halter, is different than USDF DSHB, which is different than Stock Showmanship, which is different than Hunter In-Hand. While they are all types of halter classes, they all have different scoring methods, different allowable halters, different turnout requirements for the handler, different use of aids and different movements and patterns expected.
Which ones can handlers care a whip, and what is the maximum whip length. Is the horse set up square or in open position? Are tail extensions legal or illegal? Do you show on the line, on the triangle, down and back or patterned. In which class, the preferred handler foot wear sneakers/gym/athletic shoes?
As the exhibitor it is your responsibility to know these inside and out before you fill step in the ring. Usually the premium says this right before the liability disclaimer.
We can't help you unless we know what rule book you're playing with.
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