1. I need a show name (my horses name is Chester)
Originally Posted by CountryChick
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.
A show name will have no effect on your outcome or how a judge scores you. Worry about your riding and turnout and not what your horse will be called when you win. 2. I need tips on how to make him look his best
Bathe the night before, Corn starch on white feet. Contrary to the previous poster about braiding a wet tail and letting is dry to make it wavy. This is NOT acceptable in English be it hunt seat or dressage. Tails need to be pulled and cleaned up around the dock. In huntseat, the tail should be braided and ending with a pinwheel or a tuck. The mane should be pulled, it is WAY too long. It shouldn't be longer than 4-6 inches.
How long is the mane on the top half? Is it just a couple inches long and on the other side? Or is it complete bare? If it's completely bare, its not the advice people like to hear but the smart thing would be to hog the whole thing to make it even. 3. How to braid his mane and tail
There are a thousand and one videos of this on YouTube. Search for hunter braids, button braids are only for dressage. 4. How to make myself look good
Do not groom in anything you will wear in the ring.Pleasure is about having fun and how the horse goes. Smile but not a western over the top, beauty pageant smile. Smile as if you really are having fun! Ride with confidence, and for the love of Pete keep your eyes up. Judges can tell from a mile away where you are looking and looking anywhere but up pulls your entire posture down. Except for checking your diagonal do not look down. 5. What I should wear and what tack and stuff I need for my horse
English pleasure, you would want a traditional hunt seat riding habit. Tan breeches, white **** with a simple stock tie, and a dark jacket and tall boots, a clean helmet and gloves. In the show ring always ride with gloves
. Gloves provide a finished polished look, and make a seamless line for the judges eye, connecting the smooth line from the rein continuing up your arm. Without gloves the eye is targeted to "How you are wrong".
Forgo, the fancy snood for your own hair. If your own hair is longer than what you can safely hide under your helmet, the best trick is to put you all of your hair in a hair net then put your helmet on. THEN with a rubber band the same color as your hair and hair net, with the part of your hair that is inside of the hairnet sticking out of the back of the helmet, gather it togeather (hair inside of the hair net) and make a pony tail outside of the hair net containing the hair. Fancy snoods with bows are distracting and in the end make it look like you have a tumor coming out of the back of your head. At its base hunter seat English pleasure is about practicality. 6. Anything that would help me in the ring :)
If you could help me with some of these things it would be really helpful :)
Pleasure is about the way the horse goes, like a previous poster said its about appearing effortless, which actually takes a great deal of effort. The biggest fault I see in the show ring is that people are so nervous, it shows in their riding.
Keep some of those red and white peppermints in your kit and before you go in to the ring give one to your horse and eat one yourself. The smell and taste is a natural relaxant, and can mask tension. And remember to breath.