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    04-26-2011, 10:44 PM
  #1
Weanling
Lightbulb Info Wanted on Halter Showing

Well, I just came up with a bright idea for the future, but I need some question answered and any additional information anyone can provide.

How early can you halter show a horse?

Is it possible to show a crossbreed as long as they're registered (or even if they aren't)?

How do you teach your horse to stand squarely?

How should you dress, and what type of halter is preferred in show?

Is it better for the horse to be shod for show?

Must horses have their manes pulled, or may they be grown out?

What are the basic rules?

Other information would be awesome! I might edit this with more questions. If I do, the older questions will be placed in italics. Thanks everyone who replies.
     
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    04-26-2011, 11:17 PM
  #2
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Stoddard    
How early can you halter show a horse?
My filly was showed in halter as a yearling and got a 4th in a class of fifteen
Is it possible to show a crossbreed as long as they're registered (or even if they aren't)?
In big shows, I'm not sure, in county fairs, you don't even need to have them registered
How do you teach your horse to stand squarely?
When doing it for the first times, use a whip, short, and touch them with the foot you want them to move, then you have to choices of training:
1) point to the foot as you "poke" them
2) pull down on the lead as you poke them (e.t. Front left; up to the left, front right; up to the right, back left; down to the left, back right; down to the right)

How should you dress, and what type of halter is preferred in show?
Depends on the disipline: English clothing or western clothing
Is it better for the horse to be shod for show?
Doesn't matter
Must horses have their manes pulled, or may they be grown out?
Big show: N/A Little show: not at all neccesary
hope that helps!
     
    04-26-2011, 11:28 PM
  #3
Weanling
Yes, lildonkey8, that did help me out some. :) Thank you so much for your reply!
     
    04-27-2011, 04:34 AM
  #4
Foal
How early can you halter show a horse?
Any age, as long as you can lead them, make them trot inhand and kinda stand still. (And Lildonkey her first show was when she was about 3 months.)

Is it possible to show a crossbreed as long as they're registered (or even if they aren't)? It depends on the show. Big shows may want papers as proof others may not, that usually breed shows though. If the horse is a cross bred the main thing is making sure there in the right halter class, like are they stock type, pleasure type, colored, non-colored. Some places will have breed classes as well.

How do you teach your horse to stand squarely?
Everytime you stop you set them up. You use the lead rope imagine an X under the horses chin, that is your track that you have to stay on while setting up. If you pull forward or backwards on / you move the left front on right hind if you pull or push on \ you move the front right and left hind. You have to do it a lot and get teh horses used to moving there feet for this. When I'm training for showmanship or halter I use a chain under the nose so that they know were 'working' and not just leading. Everytime they stop they are set up. The goal is to have they set up automatically when you stop and if you do have to set them up its 3 moves or less.

How should you dress, and what type of halter is preferred in show?
This depends, at big shows slack pants and a 'show' shirt are the thing. At small shows still try and use slack pants or some nice jeans and a shirt that goes with. Something basic. For sport horse you want to wear slacks and your white under shirt or something nice and professional. Stock type a basic western button down is ok for local small shows the bigger the show the more expensive the show jacket.

Depends on the breed. Arabs you use an arab halter, quaters you use a leather halter with fancy silver on it, sport horses usually use a bridle. For foals we use arab halters for the sport horse types and nice leather halter for the stock types. They do make fancy stock halters for foals. In general if you don't want to spend a lot of money just use a well fitted leather halter that is clean.

Is it better for the horse to be shod for show?
That is up to you and the horse. As long as your horse has well trimmed or nice tight shoes the judges wont care if they have shoes or not. Some horses like it better without some do better with.

Must horses have their manes pulled, or may they be grown out?
Again depends on the breed. Arabs leave them down. Stock types pull them. Most Sport horses pull then braid some leave them and do running braids or net them.

What are the basic rules?
Have fun, smile, show your horse, don't run the judge over.
     
    04-27-2011, 10:49 AM
  #5
Green Broke
3 months? My baby was in shows at 3 months?! Wow, I need to keep up!
     
    04-27-2011, 01:21 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Must horses have their manes pulled, or may they be grown out?
Again depends on the breed. Arabs leave them down. Stock types pull them. Most Sport horses pull then braid some leave them and do running braids or net them.
So this basically means that, since she's mostly a Paint, I'd have to pull her mane? :/ Bummer. Number one reason why I'm not big on showing - you have to do all these unnecessary things that tend to make a horse look goofy. Haha, but thank you for your input.
     
    05-08-2011, 09:09 PM
  #7
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How early can you halter show a horse?
Some shows have special classes for fillies and colts.
Is it possible to show a crossbreed as long as they're registered (or even if they aren't)?
As long as you are not showing at like registry shows then you don't even need to worry :)
How do you teach your horse to stand squarely?
Use a whip like lildonkey said
How should you dress, and what type of halter is preferred in show?
Usually for halter you can use a leather show halter. But, I have shown my mare in a nylon halter :). If it is a small show you can wear like a polo shirt, breeches, and boots. If you are riding western a show shirt, jeans and boots
Is it better for the horse to be shod for show?
Not neccesary
Must horses have their manes pulled, or may they be grown out?
If your horse has a great neck you can pull it to show off his/her neck but if your horse's neck isn't their greatest quality then just let it grow out but sometimes they braid horses manes in halter.
What are the basic rules?
Halter is based on your horse and how he is put together. He has to be SUPER clean and shiny. Make sure your horse is healthy and fit and she should place good. They will ask for some type of pattern like just trot around a cone.
     

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