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post #1 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Feeling Discouraged ...

Ever since I got my gelding I've been wanting to show him. He's pretty spooky and doesn't react well to new things, but I have him on B1 and supplements and he's been doing a lot better. I've been talking to my mum about taking him to a few fair shows in the fall. There's one close by that has an open show for both English and Western youth riders. I was thinking about entering some halter classes and a few games ( I don't think he will ever be a pleasure horse) But my mum keeps telling me he won't ever be ready for a show. So I'm feeling a little discouraged that I don't have her support ...

Is there any hope to be able to get him to a show, or should I just stick to trails?

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 10:27 PM
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Any horse can go to a show. They do often need to get used to the crowds and noises, but I've never really met a horse who couldn't go. He may not be successful, but I see no reason why you couldn't go.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 10:30 PM
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Is there a possibility that there is something deeper going on, I.e. Your mom can't quite see affording the extra expense, but doesn't want to embarrass herself or you by saying as much?
Anyways.. the only way a horse is going to get better at anything is practice :)


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post #4 of 9 Old 07-23-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Is there a possibility that there is something deeper going on, I.e. Your mom can't quite see affording the extra expense, but doesn't want to embarrass herself or you by saying as much?
Anyways.. the only way a horse is going to get better at anything is practice :)
I can't see it. She just bought herself another horse ...

He is doing much better. I'm not looking to win much. The entry fee at the fair I'm wanting to go to is pretty inexpensive. I've been there with a show team on a past coach's horse.

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post #5 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 12:24 AM
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Ask her what she needs to see from him(probably more consistent good behavior) to allow you to take him. Ask to to essentially compromise. Find out what you need to do and do it. If she is a good horse person, see if you could get him to that point and see if she would make the first ride on him at the show, or lead you at the show(not in the class) just to get him through the first.

She seems to have your safety first and foremost on her mind.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 02:32 AM
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I would suggest just taking him to a show for experience of the sites & sounds.Not to show but lead & ride him around the grounds,stand at horse trailer,be around other horses etc. It will be more like a training session for him. You can see how he responds to it all & your mom will probably feel less worried.
It will be a great learning for all involved & then you will know better if he is ready to handle actually participating in a show the next time
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 03:51 AM
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Noo don't take what she says to heart. You just need to prepare them and perhaps trailer to shows just to get him used to the noises and stuff. If you do, walk around the entire property EARLY so he can get used to the sights and sounds and the ins and outs without too many horses or people there (then it gets SO exciting) and just work on some ground work and get on and ride if you're comfortable but don't enter shows right away unless you think he can handle it.

My advice anyway.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 03:46 PM
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All of my horses have gone to a show just to see it, before we have actually entered an event there. I lead them around the first time, let them go in the barns and see other horses, hear the announcer, etc.

Sometimes I take them a second time, and I ride them around, walking, checking it out again. We have small "fun shows" here in PA, and usually its 3-5 dollars a class to sign up. Freckles and I usually do the 4 western games that they offer, and its about $25 to go, including grounds fee. Some of them give out ribbons, so that can be fun. But we don't go with any intention to win, she's my heart horse and we have a good time. Usually we get 2nd and 3rd places out of maybe 13-15 people that are there.

As for practice.... what are the events that you would like to do? I ride western, and we don't have much interest in western pleasure, so we do the games... Down/Back Barrel, Pole Bending, Cloverleaf Barrels, Keyhole, etc. We don't have an arena so I practice in a nice large space of my pasture. For poles, I use large orange cones, and I put fiberglass fence posts or plastic pipe down through them. I do the same thing to make the keyhole box, etc.
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-24-2012, 07:58 PM
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If she is worried about how he will react to a new situation. I would see if you could organize a lesson of site with a trainer. That way you could see how he would behave and get advice on how to handle it. He might surprise you with his behavior. I think with training he could for sure show, you are doing local events. Its not like you are trying to go to London on this horse. Taking him to a new location without the added show stress would be a good way to assess him.
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