Okay, so I want to hopefully do a couple of the local schooling shows with Aires this summer, just to give us both experience. We would only do the W/T class and maybe the trail class (since we rock at trails ).
Anyway, I have some questions/concerns.
Hopefully, we're going to be getting an English saddle in the next week or so (there's one at my work that's priced WAY too high and if it lasts until next Thursday, it'll be $1 and I've already had two of my customers offer to buy it for me since I'm not allowed to shop where I work). The "problem" is that the saddle is a black synthetic and our bridle is dark brown/havana color. I'm not concerned about the saddle being synthetic, it's the mismatched color of the bridle and saddle that worries me. Buying a new bridle isn't in the cards, since the only black draft-sized English bridles I can find on eBay are way out of our price range (for now). Do you think it would be huge of a deal to have our tack not matching?
Also, for showing English, I have half chaps, but not tall boots. I can't find tall boots that will fit my man-calves and my feet and I most definitely can't afford $500 boots to get them to fit. Would half chaps be a problem (mine are mesh, but I can order a leather pair for showing)?
If we can't get the English saddle or it doesn't fit (I *think* it has a wide tree on it...if it's smaller than wide, it won't work, because we tried a medium-wide tree on him when he was first started under saddle this summer and almost a full hand shorter and it just perched on his withers...****ed draft horse lol), then we'd have to look into Western pleasure classes, but I don't know if we could do those since he doesn't neck rein, I refuse to put him in anything harsher than a french link snaffle (but I don't think that'd be an issue 'cuz there was a lady who won the WP classes a couple of times a couple years ago when I attended as a spectator and she was using a bosal), and we have an Australian stock saddle. Unless I can find a really cheap (under $100), decent-looking western saddle that would fit Aires, I would have to use my Aussie. There's also the issue of the fact that Aires' trot is nowhere near a jog...in fact, his trot is about as fast as most WP horses' lope. Lol Do you think I should even bother looking into the WP classes?
I know we can do trail classes, regardless. There was a girl a couple of years ago who did the trail class bareback. However, it's not worth trailering him almost thirty minutes just to do the trail class. We could *maybe* do the English halter classes, if it came to it, but then again, is it really worth it?
I know some of you are going to say "Well, look at the rules for the show." I did...it just says you'll place lower and have the "infraction" explained by the judge if you have improper tack...but I'm not sure if that applies to mismatched tack. We're not out to win ribbons (although it would be nice)...we're out to get experience. It also says that horses will be judged against their breed standard, NOT against each other...but how does that work with a cross breed?
Here's a list and description of the classes, BTW:
Other than trail, what do you think we'd be suitable for?
ETA: Just read the description for the English/driving halter types. It talks about open to a list of breeds, but then it says something about a halter color class that is open to all colors and they're judged 100% on color...I think we could sweep that class.