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post #11 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! It is my first time, and I am doing a student showmanship class so it will be a level playing field with many less expirence showmanship horses. I show livestock through 4-H so I have a lot of expirence in the show ring when it comes to presenting myself and an animal
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post #12 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 02:45 PM
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Thank you! It is my first time, and I am doing a student showmanship class so it will be a level playing field with many less expirence showmanship horses. I show livestock through 4-H so I have a lot of expirence in the show ring when it comes to presenting myself and an animal
No problem! I also show 4-h and was qualified for states in showmaship. If you need any other tips or have questions about it feel free to ask!

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From a judge's point of view, I wouldn't suggest a running braid in an English show especially for sms. If you plan to do in hand classes, especially sms go with hunter braids. Much more polished and shows that you put in the effort. If others in your class go unbraided that extra effort on turn out can make a difference in placings.

I agree with JDI, use it as an opportunity to practice. The more times you braid, the better you will get.
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sounds good! And I love showmanship! For tips I would say no matter what SMILE! Always be polite and be CONFIDENT but not cocky. I learned from a past show some judges place the class as soon as they walk into a lineup before their patteren and then fix the placings throughout the class based on the performances. Just stick your piviots, square, and own the pattern youll do great!
I was always taught to look as if I was enjoying riding/handling my horse or pony in the ring (even if I wasn't) so yes SMILE
We have watched quite a few show classes recently and the competitors all looked either miserable or bored or hating every minute of what they were doing - I know people want to do well and it is a serious thing but it doesn't say a lot for your ride if you dont look like you're having a good time!!!
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If your horses mane is long enough to do a running braid then it is too lon for neat normal braids.

I can plait using thread in 20mins when i have to, however if i have the time I like to take about 40mins to do them and get them perfect.
When i first started it used to take me an hour to do a half decent job,
now it takes me 20mins in the back of a moving vehicle (English country lanes so NOT straight and flat) to do this:

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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I was always taught to look as if I was enjoying riding/handling my horse or pony in the ring (even if I wasn't) so yes SMILE
We have watched quite a few show classes recently and the competitors all looked either miserable or bored or hating every minute of what they were doing - I know people want to do well and it is a serious thing but it doesn't say a lot for your ride if you dont look like you're having a good time!!!
Good luck
Don't do that fake smiling stuff. Judges hate it. Looking confident is much better than going around with a horrible fake grimace of a smile on your face.
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If it's an informal show, I wouldn't bother braiding.

How good are your braids? Pics of them?
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Depending on the discipline, running braids can be appropriate for even the highest levels.

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post #19 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 11:47 PM
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Now that's pretty Allison. I would have to practice a lot to get one braided that tight.

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post #20 of 31 Old 09-14-2012, 11:50 PM
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Personally, I think braiding with yarn is turning into a lost art (at least around here). I think it looks so much more professional, and adds that extra touch, that using bands just doesn't give.

Just my $0.02

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