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post #31 of 37 Old 03-01-2009, 08:02 PM
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Thanks Mayfield! You covered what I didn't lol
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post #32 of 37 Old 03-02-2009, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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2-Anywhere online! :)
3-You can only use this bit in your classes if you're allowed to use two-hands in your western classes. If youre only allowed to use one, then you have to switch to a bit with shanks--like the one you posted originally. As long as you're light and give your aids with your seat, legs, and the reins on the neck, the bit will be no 'harsher' then the one you are using now. These shanked bits are not used for control (well, they weren't SUPPOSED to be), it's more like a 'graduation' thing. Remember when you were little and you could only use the big fat crayons, and then when you proved you could color in the lines they gave you the skinny ones? Same idea. You give your horse something that's a little bit bigger and awkward so it clouds any wrong signals you may give. When you and your horse are both refined, then you graduate to a curb bit! :)
SpasticDove also mentioned the 5-yr-old rule in AQHA--but I'm not sure if you show AQHA!
You would definitely be able to use this in ENGLISH showmanship, but in western, you have to use a halter!

Hope that helped. :)

thank you for the helpok so i could put the bit i have on my english bridle and just get one with shanks for western.. makes sense! thanks! ok.. that is what showmanship i was thinkning of..when you are on the horse... but i dont think you mean that you ride in a halter? but i could have swore those classes were called halter..lol... and no i dont show aqha.. i oculd cuz my horse is a quarter horse but i dont have papers on him and i cant find him online... so no breed classes for me :( i which i could though! can i do recognized shows if i dont have bloodlines papers on my horse? like i dont think i can show in breed classes but do non breed classes go up to state to nationals? i am new to all this show stuff.. as you can tell.:)haha

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i oculd cuz my horse is a quarter horse but i dont have papers on him and i cant find him online... so no breed classes for me
Some shows may have English showmanship classes and are much like halter except your presentation of the horse is what is being judged.
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Okay, here we go. ;)

Showmanship is when you walk beside your horse, is usually considered 'western', and you have to spin your horse, stop, and trot. The judge will evaluate how well your horse listens and performs. :) This is done in a halter. If they have an english showmanship class, then you do it in a bridle.
Horsemanship is when you ride a pattern, and YOU are judged on how well you ride. This is a western class.
Equitation is when you ride a pattern, and you are judged on how you ride... this is an english class. ;)
Halter is where the horse is judged on conformation.

You should have 4-H classes in your county (Just google your county and 4-H). A lot of states have a State show association; like the New Jersey Horse Show Association where everyone can show there too. :) And your horse doesn't need papers for either. 4-H will have a state and national classes.

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Okay, here we go. ;)

Showmanship is when you walk beside your horse, is usually considered 'western', and you have to spin your horse, stop, and trot. The judge will evaluate how well your horse listens and performs. :) This is done in a halter. If they have an english showmanship class, then you do it in a bridle.
In English showmanship you will not spin your horse around like in western but walk around the outside of the horse and trot back....and yes all horses over 1 year old must be in bridle for English.
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I have seen them require a spin at 4-H and State organization shows. I don't do it personally (Western showmanship is more my thing), so... don't ask me! lol

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