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    10-11-2010, 05:37 PM
  #1
Weanling
How long do you leave your horse saddled at a show?

My daughter has her first official show (outside of the small barn shows she's done) off site. She's over joyed, I'm overwhelmed! We're not sure how many classes she'll do at this point, it really depends on the horse as it will be his first trip in a while. My question is how long do you leave a horse tied to the trailer in a saddle?

I don't know how long it will be between classes yet but I want to make sure that he's not tied out in the saddle for a crazy amount of time, or that we're not making anyone wait on her. Her instructor/horse owner is going and coaching her, but she also has 3 other girls going so she's going to be quite busy. I'm going to try to be as helpful as possible, but need some serious help. I will certainly come up with more questions as we get closer.

It isn't a big show either, it's a 4-H open show, but it will have a variety of classes.
     
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    10-11-2010, 09:56 PM
  #2
Trained
Our gymkhana's generally last five hours, so I leave them saddled that long. Hell, I'll leave them saddle for quite some time if I have to but I loosen the girth and take the bridle off. Like at some of our shows the schedule is so screwed up you enver know how long you will be there. I just make sure I have time to saddle and ride.
     
    10-11-2010, 09:58 PM
  #3
Banned
I usually leave them saddle with a loose girth for most of the day. Nothing like kicking back and relaxing in the stands to hear your named called as 'on the deck' LOL Its nice if you just have to snug up a girth and toss a bridle on.

If it is going to be exceedingly hot that day, you can untack inbetween classes but be prepared to have to toss that saddle back on in a hurry!
     
    10-11-2010, 11:28 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
I usually leave them saddle with a loose girth for most of the day. Nothing like kicking back and relaxing in the stands to hear your named called as 'on the deck' LOL Its nice if you just have to snug up a girth and toss a bridle on.

If it is going to be exceedingly hot that day, you can untack inbetween classes but be prepared to have to toss that saddle back on in a hurry!

Well here in November it's never exceedingly hot. I did know not to tie with a bridle but it does bear repeating. Thank you. I figured he'd be okay to leave tacked up, but wanted to be sure.
     
    10-12-2010, 12:05 AM
  #5
Started
He'll be fine left tacked up. The biggest things I always check, are making sure that he's got plenty of water, and warm up time, so that he's not all stiff as soon as you go into the arena cause he's been tied to a trailer. I also normally will just take the bridle off, and put his/her halter on, unless there's a big break between classes. Normally I'll have a lunch break for 30 minutes, and for that I'll take his tack off after my last class, and then put it on again after lunch for warm up.
     
    10-12-2010, 12:59 AM
  #6
Weanling
I'll leave them saddled all day so long as it's not overly hot. I'll loosen the girth quite a bit and take the bridle off.
If it's a hot day then I'll take off all tack for the lunch break and maybe give them a bit of a sponge down.
If it's show jumping or eventing then I'll unsaddle completely depending on the amount of time I have between my rides. There's usually an hour or two between so unless I plan on riding around aimlessly until I need to get ready for my next class, I don't see much point.
     
    10-12-2010, 06:30 AM
  #7
Started
Depends on the classes I do. If there are more than 5 between classes I untack and just throw everything back on one class before but normally I just losen things and let them sit with the saddle so I only have to put the bridle on. I try to keep classes closely spaced so there isn't a lot of down time but enough to not be stressed or hurried. Last show was 6 hours and she was saddle for about 2 but it was a mid summer play day so no one was in a hurry.

For this weekend though winter shows start and I intend on having her tacked up and be in the saddle most of the time. She'll have her down time before and after. If the weather is nice I'll tack up at the trailer if the weather is crappy I'll get a stall and space the classes out more.
     
    10-12-2010, 06:47 AM
  #8
Started
If it's hot and there is more than 40-45 minutes until my next ride (dressage, so it's pretty easy to tell) I'll untack.

If it's cool outside, they can stand there with a loose girth. If it's cold, they get an exercise blanket on their butt.

If I have over an hour, they're untacked no matter what the weather :)
     
    10-12-2010, 07:42 AM
  #9
Foal
You can leave them saddled all day, but if he's got 1 or 2 hours of wait loosin his girth.
     
    10-12-2010, 10:04 AM
  #10
Trained
The last thing I do before going to warm up is put the saddle on and the first thing I do when I get back is take the saddle and bridle off.
The least you can do for the horse after him working hard for your daughter is let his back have a break and graze him. You should know the order of classes and if someone is waiting, they are waiting on you being nice to your horse. To me, my horse and his comfort is far more important than 5 minutes of ANYONES time. But, as I say, you should know the order of classes, so when the one before yours is going, then put the tack back on.
     

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