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    12-16-2012, 07:41 PM
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Weanling
Halter show crash course???

Ok so next month a barn up the road from us is having a winter fun show and I wanted to try it for some fun! They have some pleasure and wtc classes that I will do but they are also doing a halter and a showmanship class. I would really like to try them but I know nothing of either! I bought a used show halter and lead for only $40, it's Cody brand and seems nice enough. I have been watching some videos and reading some old posts too but I'm still unsure. Does anyone have some tips or advice? It's just a little fun show so I don't need everything, but I also don't want to look silly :)
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    12-17-2012, 03:37 PM
  #2
Yearling
Skip the showmanship and just do the halter class. A horse and handler need to be trained in showmanship and it is a very technical class. In a halter class, the horse's conformation is judged, there is no pattern....so it's a matter of trotting your horse out and then setting him up square for the judge's inspection.
     
    12-17-2012, 11:40 PM
  #3
Weanling
Yes from what I've been researching I will probably only do the halter and not showmanship. It is just a fun show though. I also have a question; how exactly do you attach the stud chain for halter? I know of many ways to use them but I'm not sure what is considered proper for showing. Also is their a variation where you don't use a stud chain? My show halter came with a lead with a chain. My horse is very good about being lead though and can be very sensitive to the chain :/
     
    12-19-2012, 12:16 AM
  #4
Weanling
First make sure your halter is fitted correctly.

You can either get a lead without a chain, or run the chain through the near side, bottom ring, far side, and up to the ring by the crown.

Always train the horse at home about how to respond to the chain before slapping one on at a show, of course.
     
    12-20-2012, 01:29 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by spurstop    
First make sure your halter is fitted correctly.

You can either get a lead without a chain, or run the chain through the near side, bottom ring, far side, and up to the ring by the crown.

Always train the horse at home about how to respond to the chain before slapping one on at a show, of course.
Thanks! And yes I have been, he just doesn't really like it. I have been working a lot on him listening to my voice commands so that I don't really have to pull on the chain at all. I never knew it could be so difficult to teach a horse to stand square though, I have a new respect for people who show halter a lot! :)
     
    12-20-2012, 06:24 PM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by horsea    
Thanks! And yes I have been, he just doesn't really like it. I have been working a lot on him listening to my voice commands so that I don't really have to pull on the chain at all. I never knew it could be so difficult to teach a horse to stand square though, I have a new respect for people who show halter a lot! :)
You never want to pull the chain...you should always "lift" the chain so the pressure comes up and not downward as it would with a pull. Just practice setting up and trotting out everyday so it becomes second nature.
     

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