So, I am not a horse show lady. Its just not my scene. Take your sparkles, bangles and riding tights and give me a beat up pair of jeans and the woods! That said I find myself in the position of having to participate in a breed demonstration. I am first concerned with the horse loosing his brain. Assuming, he keeps his brain firmly between his ears where it belongs. Then how do I keep myself from looking like a total fool. I ride western for trails but the horse I am riding does not move like a western pleasure horse. He moves like a dressage or hunter jumper. So, I am borrowing a friends english saddle and working on riding in that. I am planning on doing a walk, trot and I would love to do a canter but I feel like a solid walk, trot is better then an okay walk, trot and poor canter.
I guess what does a person need for a show situation? This demo is in about two months. What do you recommend or words of wisdom can you give to a newbie show person? The last show I rode in was 4 H and I was 8. So, there is a solid twenty years between then and now. I am taking a few lessons in the english saddle. I have one schedule for a few weeks before the big event.
I have this memory of shows as being these catty witch fights full of people being bad sports and witching about other competitors. I don't want to fuel the fire that can be present at these shows. Are visitors to a breed demo really focused more on the horse or is it the horse/rider combination? Is it best to just say I love my horse, we have a great time and who cares about the rest?