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        01-19-2012, 12:30 AM
    Wares, half the classes get scratched because they don't have any entrants. Or at least that's the way it used to be. I can remember one show where all but the English/driving type halter, English pleasure W/T and W/T/C, and English equitation were scratched from the morning schedule (they do English in the morning, have a thirty minute or so break for lunch, then do western in the afternoon) because no one entered. By contrast, the WP classes are usually overrun with entrants.

    I emailed the seller about the tall boots I linked to (might as well bite the bullet now and get them) and asked what size the shaft was and she emailed me back to say they're 7" (or a bit more...her wording) measured front-to-back lying flat. I just don't know what that translates to in circumference. I know for sure these will fit me, I'm just not sure about bidding on them because I don't know when I'm getting my taxes back (which is what I'll be using to get whatever pair of boots I end up getting...I already filed [today] and my federal return has been accepted): eBay - New & used electronics, cars, apparel, collectibles, sporting goods & more at low prices

    My biggest concern with the western class is the lack of a western saddle. I ride in an unless I can find a decent, cheap western saddle, I don't think they'll let me enter with an Aussie saddle in a western class...right?
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        01-19-2012, 12:39 AM
    No, unfortunately you need a western saddle.
        01-19-2012, 12:41 AM
    If those boots will fit you, that is a very good deal. Borrow the money if you have to.
        01-19-2012, 12:43 AM
    Thought so. Seems like a no-brainer, I know, but that's brain! Lol

    I'm going to keep an eye out at the local tack shop I love. They sometimes get some really nice consignment saddles in for cheap (that's where I got my Aussie for $125).
        01-19-2012, 12:50 AM
    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    If those boots will fit you, that is a very good deal. Borrow the money if you have to.
    No one to borrow from. All my friends are as broke as I am. Lol

    Actually, I was just doing the math and I should be able to get long as I get my tax money before the first of February (which is when board is due).

    ETA: Was just going through CL and found this saddle. It's probably too small for my big butt (need a minimum 15.5" seat), but I love that it's PINK! Couldn't we just see my big manly-man tramping around the arena in that?
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        01-19-2012, 01:25 AM

    Showing is FUN...You've got to start piece together what you can. See if you get bit by the show bug before investing in much. I think fashion boots would be better than half chaps. I've also seen people show in tall black rubber muck boots. You don't want to stick out like a sore try to blend in. No bright colors, safe tack. I wouldn't worry about the bridle not matching. In due time.

    The biggest thing you'll want to do, since your horse may have a trot bigger/faster than your competitors, is to make sure you leave plenty of distance, and pass to the inside. As for placing, the points deducted for tack are negligible, compared to (for equitation) pattern, position, execution...and (for pleasure) way of going, manners, execution. You won't place, for example, behind someone that blew a lead, because of your attire. For the walk/trot class, you'll want a consistent pace, head carriage, and a well mannered horse. If it is a close call, the horse/rider with the more professional turn out will win.

    Oh, as for rules, all judges have to default to SOME rule book, and this is usually defined by the show committee that puts on the show. For open shows, most judges use a 4-H rule book, since this accommodates for all breeds.

    Good luck, will you post on this thread, how it goes? I would love to hear!
        01-19-2012, 01:39 AM
    Thanks, AHT.

    The only pair of fashion boots I have that have a heel on them are cowboy boot-looking, so wouldn't work for showing English. I'd rather just get a pair now and be done with it (especially since I can afford a decent used pair right now).

    As for bright colors...we might have to get a new saddle pad, then, 'cuz ours is bright red. Lol

    We're going to start working on our trot because Aires has the most amazing floating trot ever. My one problem is that you don't have to post his trot because it's so incredibly smooth. So, I usually just sit it (when we trail ride) because that's more comfortable than trying to post. The "issue" with his super smooth trot is that it's also his super fast trot. He will trot more slowly, but since he's two and such a big lummox, it's choppy and he doesn't like it any more than I do.

    One of my friends (whose barn I used to work at) wants me to try out the Gold Star shows down in Phoenix that she's taking her student to this year. The problem is that I don't have transportation for us down to Phoenix (don't have my own trailer or truck to pull a trailer with even if I could borrow a trailer) and I don't want to ask her. Phoenix is a 90 mile drive one way and is hellaciously hot during the summer. At least the local EquiStar shows that I want to do are eight miles away from the barn I board at and it doesn't get too incredibly hot here, so if I had to, I could ride to the show.

    Not sure if I'll post in this thread if we show or if I'll just start another thread. We definitely won't be attending all the shows this year (there's one on the last Saturday of every month between March and September) because I can't get that many Saturdays off. We'll just have to see how it goes.
        01-19-2012, 09:01 AM
    I would start off local, no reason to spend the extra time and money traveling so far, unless you have someone to coach you, I guess. That would be worth the travel, if you have a great learning opportunity.

    As for your horse's trot, it might be helpful to think of the 3 'basic' types of trot you might be asked to demonstrate...the medium or working trot is what you enter the ring at, typically (sometimes the walk), and they might ask you to extend the trot, or collect the trot. So, you want to be able to show a difference between your regular, collected, and extended trot. If you are going too slow or fast to begin with, then it will be difficult to go slower, or faster (I say 'slower' or faster' but, really it is the collection or extension that should be demonstrated, but for ease of discussion, we'll say slow/fast

    Also, funny that you have a red saddle pad, I mentioned that because I had a red saddle pad at my very first show! I had no idea what the norms were, so if people were staring, I thought it was because of my beautiful horse It was the last show of the season, so the classes were small. I think there were 4 in each class, and I placed 4 out of 4. I was a little frustrated, because I didn't know why I didn't place better, but, it challenged me to find out, and therefore learn more, and become a better rider. I found a good instructor, and, although I could only afford 1 lesson every month or so, I worked hard, and was 'in the ribbons' at the end of the next year

    What is funny, too, is that, a year before I started showing, all I wanted was a horse, and I didn't even dream of showing. But, one show was all it took for me to get hooked.
        01-19-2012, 08:21 PM
    Well, showing may not happen after all. My truck got impounded today (driving on a suspended license and with suspended plates...long story...don't want to get into it), so I have a whole bunch of fees and fines I have to pay to get everything back to good. So, that's where my income tax money is going (instead of getting to play with it and use some to get a saddle and boots and such for showing).

    FML today.
        03-16-2012, 12:25 AM
    I also have big calves! My calves are about 16.5"... I am a jumper rider, so I was able to find a variety through Dover or Smartpak. When you are in the market for tall boots, look at the Ariat line with zippers. They come in x-wide calf and are proportional to foot size. I am a size 8 and they zip on easily. Their entry level boots start at about $289, I think.
    And, if you are just showing for fun at the local level, I wouldn't worry about matching bridle and saddle. If you decide to continue showing, it will probably be worthwhile to slowly start accumulating the pieces you need to look and feel good in the show ring. Good luck!

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