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    10-04-2009, 10:14 PM
Green Broke
First Off Site Show

Chance should be going to her first show on saturday.
That does leave much time for us to prepare...
I need a really good way to prepare her the best possible. Im going every day for a week and I don't want to push her or over load her.
I need to slow down her canter at least a smidge, and get some better confidence over jumps.
She's never been to an off site show so.. advice would be really nice :)
Today she jumped a 2' course which had 4 jumps.. but she would try and run out on the line and I had to straigten her up last minute and I could tell that was unconfidence. Or would rush it.
Im planning on doing like 1 day jumping 1 day flat work, like in that pattern
Depending on what time the show is, im going to try and get there reallllly early, work with her for an hour on ground wait to ride till we get to teh warm up ring.

Good excersizes??? Advice?? Anything ty!!

Also its just a schooling show.. so I know I need tan breeches and a white show shirt, do I need a show coat.. I really hope not.. also helmet... should I cover it??

Lol Help!

Im hopeing theres no drug tests or anything cause Im really thinking of putting some quietex into her just for saftey really...
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    10-04-2009, 10:44 PM
For slowing down her canter, I would suggest cavaletti. Set 4 to 6 poles down, spaced about 10 to 12 feet apart. Whatever your mare's natural stride length is (11 or 12 is average for a 15.0hh+ horse), I would subtract a foot and place them like that. The idea is that she will have to actually look where she is putting her feet in order to clear the poles, which should help her to slow down. I would incorporate this into one of your flat workouts. In fact, I would incorporate it into all of your flat workouts - seeing poles everyday could really help you out.

My only advise for helping run-outs is this: Look over the jump. Pick a point on the other side of the jump, and keep looking there, all the way up to, over, and after the jump. Keep your legs closed around her, and a soft contact with her mouth. Also, it's hard to improve a horse's confidence, as the only way to do this is to be very confident yourself. You have to make them feel secure.

Depending on the show, you may need a show coat. I have seen some people ride in jeans at a schooling show which were considered permissible, and the very next year, the same show was requiring you to wear jackets. If you're worried about the cost, you could also wear a black suit jacket, and no one will ever know the difference. I've done this a couple years, when money was tight. Kohl's is the best place for getting this.

There usually aren't drug tests at schooling shows, so I wouldn't worry about that. However, I wouldn't recommend sedating her, particularly if you are going to be jumping. When sedated, some horses will be more prone to misjudging fences, which could be very dangerous.

Hope that helps. Good luck this weekend!
    10-04-2009, 10:57 PM
Green Broke
Ill work on those cavilettis, hopeing she will watch her feet and not face plant :P But Ill see how that goes tomorrow! Ill be doing a lot of circles and stuff as well to get her hind underneath her.

Ill see what my friend says about the coat and if she's going to wear one.. if she does then ill look at khols or see if theres something at good will LMAO!

Quietex is more herbs and natural stuff so it wont sedate her just calm the nerves hopefully lol for all I know it might not do a thing. But I want to really prepare her for the show for the next week RIGHT and maybe I wont even have to use it. She's a Arab.tb with very little arab so she's pretty hot blooded. But its more a last resort type thing.
    10-04-2009, 11:28 PM
Are you sure you both are ready for a show? If you are considering Quietex that's a sign you aren't ready. JMO.
    10-05-2009, 12:16 AM
Green Broke
Well like I told someone else. Its just like a saftey thing, I could take months or years prepareing her and thers still no garentee of how reactive she would be. She a hot breed lol. The only way she's going to get use to it is just getting her out there. I probably wont be going to this show but hopefully to the one on the 18th so I have more time to prepair. I might not even need it by then who knows. I want teh first show being calm and easy on her, and if that means taking that edge off her I'll do it. I know so many horses who use it for liek the first 2 shows then never use it again because the horse learns that they can be calm at new places and they wont die lol. Not many places are open to parelli, most consider it "dangerous"
    10-05-2009, 12:36 AM
If you are concerned about how she will act being away from her home would it be possible to take her to some schooling shows and not show until she is used to the atmosphere . You could take her and just lead her around and play with her on the ground and if she seemed calm ride her in the warmup area at least for the first few times. Just a thought.
    10-05-2009, 12:57 AM
Green Broke
Well that's what I wanted to do, but its like someone whos actually GOING to show their horse will be able to take my spot in teh trailer.
    10-05-2009, 01:07 AM
It is hard when you don't have access to a trailer ...I would probably be going to a lot more places with my boys if I had my own truck and trailer.
But that may be the best thing for her until she gets used to being away from home then you won't have to use any calming supplements.
    10-05-2009, 01:46 AM
Green Broke
Yeah I need to get a truck and trailer lol! It would be nice.

I know on the 18th im going to be showing but if we get there and she's just off the wall Ill drop out, that's my plan.
    10-05-2009, 09:45 PM
So what if other people aren't open to Parelli? She is YOUR horse so stay true to her. You know how to prepare her, so do that. Who cares what others think? When I start showing Arie I plan on doing what I do at home to prepare him. I don't care what those other people think, I only care what my horse thinks ;)

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