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post #1 of 22 Old 07-14-2012, 04:00 AM Thread Starter
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Okay I competed in a show before with my horse and I didn't do to well, I got a few ribbons, but the judge hardy looked at me. I don't have heaps of money to spend on show stuff, but I am hopping you guys would be able to give me some tips and stuff.

1. I need a show name (my horses name is Chester)
2. I need tips on how to make him look his best
3. How to braid his mane and tail
4. How to make myself look good
5. What I should wear and what tack and stuff I need for my horse
6. Anything that would help me in the ring :)
If you could help me with some of these things it would be really helpful :)
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post #2 of 22 Old 07-14-2012, 04:16 AM
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Okay I competed in a show before with my horse and I didn't do to well, I got a few ribbons, but the judge hardy looked at me. I don't have heaps of money to spend on show stuff, but I am hopping you guys would be able to give me some tips and stuff.

1. I need a show name (my horses name is Chester)
Well, I'm not super good with show names, but Chester makes me think of the Cheshire cat....
2. I need tips on how to make him look his best
Well first off a good bath, braid his tail up in a french braid while it's wet with some show sheen and let it dry so it'll be curly. Then, let it out and brush it a little. If his mane is long you can do the same with that, but don't do it with a short mane, makes it look funky. I would then put show sheen on his body (NOT WHERE THE SADDLE GOES OR YOU'LL SLIP OFF) and then maybe some baby powder on any white markings he may have.

3. How to braid his mane and tail
This is a very broad question...What are you showing in and how long is his mane? Pictures would help!
4. How to make myself look good
First and foremost, walk in there like you have the best horse in the world. Lots of eye contact and acting like yu nailed every move even if you didn't. I've mastered this, personally. Even if you screwed something up, look right at the judge with an expression that says "Yes, I have it. I just performed god's gift to showing in front of your very eyes. Award me with a beautiful score." It may be subconcious, but it works. Shoulders back, chest out, chin up! Also try and make sure your hair is neat and your clothes and tack match. Often sharp clors and confidence can greatly create an illusion of a beautiful maneuver, even if something goes wrong.

5. What I should wear and what tack and stuff I need for my horse
This totally depends on what you are showing in, so please let us know.

6. Anything that would help me in the ring :)
Smile, smile, and SMILE!! Also, if you need to, hum your ABCs if you get nervous or whisper quietly to yourself. Remember the key to relaxing your horse is to breathe. Most people don't realize that when you get nervous you stop breathing. Your horse feels that. As long as you remember to breathe, you're fine. The ABC thing really helps because you have to breathe to sing!

If you could help me with some of these things it would be really helpful :)
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I'm showing English, sorry I forgot to say. And he has a short thin mane and i'll try and find a photo of him soon :)
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What classes? I'll try and dig up some videos of braiding, I'm having insomia so I need something to do anyway.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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That's one style you could try.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Okay I can't work out how to put photos of him on this thread? But if you go to my horses and click on Chester you'll find him :)

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He looks like he only has a mane half way up his neck, but it goes all the way up it just isn't sitting right :)
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Okay I competed in a show before with my horse and I didn't do to well, I got a few ribbons, but the judge hardy looked at me. I don't have heaps of money to spend on show stuff, but I am hopping you guys would be able to give me some tips and stuff.

1. I need a show name (my horses name is Chester)
2. I need tips on how to make him look his best
3. How to braid his mane and tail
4. How to make myself look good
5. What I should wear and what tack and stuff I need for my horse
6. Anything that would help me in the ring :)
If you could help me with some of these things it would be really helpful :)
You said English, so I'm not sure what classes, so I ma going to answer as if you are riding Huntseat. From the picture of your horse I can safely assume we are not talking about Country or English Pleasure, lol.

Showing is about making it look easy and relaxed. That's why they add the word Pleasure. :) And the good thing about that is you can have the most expensive clothes, horse, and tack, but none of tat will help if the rider is struggling and looking like they are working hard. So keep that word "Pleasure" in mind. You want a horse that looks like they are a pleasure to ride. Clean, smooth, relaxed. You want a rider to look like they can ride at whatever gait asked for, for hours at a time along the countryside after fox. That is the picture that should be going through your head. Don't have a look on your face like you are trying way too hard. Relaxed concentration.

Now this can be hard to do all the way around the ring, so try picking 4 points in the ring and everytime you get to that point, fix yourself. Fix your form, your horse, and think PLEASURE!!! Lol

I think the previous poster gave you some good advice as far as specifics. I think you need to make sure you look neat and clean and you are wearing the proper gear (not necessarily the most expensive, just proper). There are little things you can do to not discount you from being looked at. Making sure you hair is absolutely neat. No stray hairs sticking out of helmets. When you line up, smile a bit but remember, if you are in the ring, you are showing. Don't go sloppy just because the class is done and you are lined up. If anything, look even better! Sometimes a judge may have thought he had you placed and then right at the line up he sees something and changes it.

As for a show name, you don't have to have Chester in the name if you don't want. I love Broadway and Star Trek, so I always said if I needed to name a horse I would use those as guides. :) Of course, my very first horse's name was What a Booger, so maybe I'm not the right person to give advice on names, lol. (to my credit, I didn't name him)

Lastly, have fun.
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Yeah I would definitely baby powder the white on his legs. Really makes it pop and stand out as white.

If I were you I would either cut the mane short to show and braid or do a running braid, then put the tail of the braid in a button braid (Like the video shown above)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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