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post #1 of 5 Old 02-21-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Schooling show halter class

There's a halter class in a schooling show coming up...I was wondering what kind of attire you would wear for this? I've never shown my horse in hand but I'm thinking about it, it's just a schooling show...but I don't know what to wear.
Also what about a class called open hunter model? Dress for that?
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Have you ever been to a schooling show before? People wear whatever they want. Jeans/slacks and a plain button up shirt for western. For hunter you wear your hunter clothes.

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I did a write up on this same topic in another thread recently:

Originally Posted by BigGirlsRideWarmbloods View Post
#1: Do I use hoof polish?
Stick with clear only.

#2 Do I clip a bridle path?

#3 Do I clip her face?
Western & Saddleseat - Yes. English Huntseat & Dressage: Nose and mouth optional, under the face and throat latch, yes.

#4 Do I braid fleets?
Western - Band the mane
English Huntseat - Tiny jumper braids
English Dressage - Button braids
Saddleseat - Usually natural with the single braid.

#5 What type of halter would be appropriate? Could I use a halter like this its the nicest one on hand I have.

Despite being called a halter class, you may actually show in a bridle but it depends on your primary riding style and it depends on the type of show. (Breed, USDF etc.). Its if just an open or schooling show, even though its a halter class you need to select your primary discipline you horse WOULD show in, English or Western.

If you choose Western you need a leather and silver blingy halter and you will wear full western show clothes except for chaps.

If you choose English, horses over 2 are show in a bridle. You can use reins or a newmarket lead.

Only horses under 2 are show in a halter, and it should be a simple leather only halter. I am a fan of National Bridles show halter:
And the based on the subset you would choose the correct brow brand:
Halter - Plain simple leather
Dressage - Leather with subtle, bling
Saddleseat - Bright colored patent leather or shiny vinyl.

The only exception to this is Arabians which are allowed to use the fancy breed halters.

For English you would wear:
Huntseat - Full English habit but "show casual" is usually acceptable (Show casual: tan breeches and a light colored polo shirt)
Dressage - White or khaki pants and a polo shirt that contrasts with your horse usually also white but if you're showing a grey horse Navy, Burgundy or Black is acceptable.
Saddleseat - Either same as dressage or Saddleseat show clothes without the coat (shadbelly/vest, shirt & pants.
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The last part only really applies. Hope it helps!
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