Western Pleasure & Open Road Hack
Hey, so in a few weeks I am entering a small local show. I want to enter as many classes as I can for the fun of it. The only classes I have some questions about are Western Pleasure and Open Road Hack, because I am not as familiar with them. I am not overly worried because I know the class sizes will be very small. Probably only like 5 max in the road hack and maybe a few more in the WP class.
Any general tips? I have the western jog down, working in my lope. How do most of you go from your usual lope/canter to a show ring ready WP lope?
Does it matter which hand I ride with? Dark jeans, a show shirt, black cowboy boots and a helmet, is this ok to wear? I just need any and all your tips! :) basically, just keep him slower, more collected and calm?
Road Hack: what is the definition of a hand gallop and strong trot? I basically know what a hand gallop is but is a strong trot just like an extended trot? Does my horse need to be braided? Any other tips?
Also, since it is a small show and I can't braid well yet, lol, do you think it is fine to leave his mane natural for hunter under saddle, equin and road hack?