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    02-02-2009, 03:26 PM
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nit-picky questions about showing

I'm hoping to enter a hunter flat this summer and have a few questions:

- Can you braid the mane the night before?
- Can the tail hang loose or must it be braided also?
- What kind of riding gloves are acceptable?
- Is hoof black necessary?
- Can I use a white close-contact saddle pad?
- Are fly ears acceptable, if so, what kind?

Sorry, those are really scattered questions, and I might have a few more as I think of them. I appreciate all your answers, so thank you in advance!
     
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    02-02-2009, 03:55 PM
  #2
Weanling
Here are my answer based on what I have seen/heard:

- Can you braid the mane the night before? Yes. You might want to invest in a sleazy to help keep the braids in tact overnight. Then the next morning you can use a little mousse or hair spray to flatten any flyaways before going into the ring.
- Can the tail hang loose or must it be braided also? Unless you are in a higher rated show or a medal class you can leave the tail natural. Just be sure to clean and detangle it and spray it with a leave in conditioner before going into the ring so it's nice and shiny, but not oily looking.
- What kind of riding gloves are acceptable? I would recommend black leather show gloves. You can find them pretty inexpensive.
- Is hoof black necessary? No, but when I show this year I will put hoof polish on my horse before going into the ring. But I'm a stickler for turnout. I would actually use clear polish, no matter what color your horses feet are. Black can sometimes be too black and look odd. Clear always looks nice. It's not necessary but it's a nice touch.
- Can I use a white close-contact saddle pad? Yes. In fact that is all I would recommend you use. I would use a full shaped saddle pad though, not one of those square ones.
- Are fly ears acceptable, if so, what kind? Usually these are only acceptable in the jumper classes. Not hunters. I would skip them and just rub some fly spray on your horse if you are already having fly issues. To get the ears and face just spray a towel and rub it on them so you don't get it in his eyes.

Hope this helps!
     
    02-02-2009, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by IrishRider    
Here are my answer based on what I have seen/heard:

- Can you braid the mane the night before? Yes. You might want to invest in a sleazy to help keep the braids in tact overnight. Then the next morning you can use a little mousse or hair spray to flatten any flyaways before going into the ring.
- Can the tail hang loose or must it be braided also? Unless you are in a higher rated show or a medal class you can leave the tail natural. Just be sure to clean and detangle it and spray it with a leave in conditioner before going into the ring so it's nice and shiny, but not oily looking.
- What kind of riding gloves are acceptable? I would recommend black leather show gloves. You can find them pretty inexpensive.
- Is hoof black necessary? No, but when I show this year I will put hoof polish on my horse before going into the ring. But I'm a stickler for turnout. I would actually use clear polish, no matter what color your horses feet are. Black can sometimes be too black and look odd. Clear always looks nice. It's not necessary but it's a nice touch.
- Can I use a white close-contact saddle pad? Yes. In fact that is all I would recommend you use. I would use a full shaped saddle pad though, not one of those square ones.
- Are fly ears acceptable, if so, what kind? Usually these are only acceptable in the jumper classes. Not hunters. I would skip them and just rub some fly spray on your horse if you are already having fly issues. To get the ears and face just spray a towel and rub it on them so you don't get it in his eyes.

Hope this helps!
IR, thank you so much! That really helped a lot. That is a good idea about hoof polish, I was thinking that myself.

For the pad, would it be something like this?

http://theloft-tackshop.com/media/FleecePadTop.jpg

I have one similar to this, but its kind of been through the mill. Should I have a brand new one for the show?
     
    02-02-2009, 04:13 PM
  #4
Yearling
Well as you know i'm from England so it might be different over here but:

- Can you braid the mane the night before? Yep :) put a hood on and you plaits will lay flatter the next morning but make sure it has big eye holes!
- Can the tail hang loose or must it be braided also? I was told not to mix and match, plait you mane, pull/plait your tail. That was at a local show but I think you should be ok, if it looks messy as you may not be a tail plaiting expert, leave it down :)
- What kind of riding gloves are acceptable? Dark pimple gloves will do, what colour is your jacket? I have a grey/blue tweed so I wear navy gloves, Normal tweed you should wear brown
- Is hoof black necessary? Clear will do but as long as her tootsies are clean its not a huge deal
- Can I use a white close-contact saddle pad? Over here I would use a brown numnah which is nearly perfect shape to my saddle
- Are fly ears acceptable, if so, what kind? I think they are only acceptable for showjumping, since you might be hiding huge ears or a scar or whatever behind fly ears

But as I said, it might be different over here
     
    02-02-2009, 04:23 PM
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Thanks for your answers, moomoo! To answer your question, I don't have a coat yet. I've never shown before ... ... so I'm a little unsure of what's expected. But I hope to borrow a coat, since they are so expensive.

I have another question too ... do I have to wear a tie or scarf over the show shirt at the neck?
     
    02-02-2009, 04:44 PM
  #6
Yearling
Generally A shirt and tie, stocks are for hunting since they stop you breaking your neck
     
    02-02-2009, 05:27 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
IR, thank you so much! That really helped a lot. That is a good idea about hoof polish, I was thinking that myself.

For the pad, would it be something like this?

http://theloft-tackshop.com/media/FleecePadTop.jpg

I have one similar to this, but its kind of been through the mill. Should I have a brand new one for the show?
No problem. Glad I could help. And that pad you linked to would be perfect.
     
    02-02-2009, 05:32 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
Thanks for your answers, moomoo! To answer your question, I don't have a coat yet. I've never shown before ... ... so I'm a little unsure of what's expected. But I hope to borrow a coat, since they are so expensive.

I have another question too ... do I have to wear a tie or scarf over the show shirt at the neck?
In the states, we don't wear ties. The show shirts you would be wearing come with collars that button onto the neck of the shirt.

For example: EquiShopper - Everything for Horse and Rider - Tailored Sportsman Girls Cotton Show Shirts - Closeout

Pretty much all of the show shirts you would buy will come with at least one, sometimes two of these collars. Some people get them embroidered with their initials in a matching color, others leave them alone.
     
    02-02-2009, 05:39 PM
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Ok, thanks again IR! Come to think of it, the riders I've seen showing don't wear ties, just the high collars. Does the colour of shirt matter?
     
    02-02-2009, 10:29 PM
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Green Broke
I don't know any hunters around here who care about matching shirt/coat colors to their horse. In fact, the first time I had ever heard of it was when I went to watch Arab Nationals. I'm sure some hunters do. But generally most coats will be grey, navy, maybe black or brown. I like to make sure that the shirt matches the coat but that's it. Ties are mainly for dressage riders and foxhunters. Show shirts for the hunters come with a "choker", the high collared button up shirt.
     

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