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    05-30-2013, 11:56 PM
Getting Ready For a Show! Training Wise...

I am entering Breeze is a local horse show August 24th and I am beginning her training for it.

She will be entered in Halter Class and Showmanship.

What I am going to do to prepare her for it, is get her leading perfectly, stand square, and move her forequarters without moving foreward.

Is there anything else I should be training her for this? She is very good at leading, but I am going to work on it more because I don't know how she will react with a lot of horses around her!

Any help would be great! I know I still have 3 months, but I am not sure how long it will take her to learn all these things, and I am preparing another horse for the same show also (riding though, in barrels and western pleasure, maybe more events)

I am wanting to get a ribbon for her first show, but I am not expecting to get 1st place, or even second place. She will most likely be the youngest horse there in her classes. There won't be many people entering, probably no more then 10-15 people in each class (it is a small show)

So any advice on training her to get ready is appreciated!
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    05-31-2013, 12:11 AM
I forgot to mention...

Other training with Breeze has gone great! She is use to the barn now (except is still antcy while tied) and I had her on the lunge line in the Round pen a couple days ago and she was awesome and listening perfectly, I got her walking and trotting in both directions.

I also found a bridle that fits her, so I got her accepting the bit, and I have put SMB sport boots on her to see how she liked them (she didn't seem to mind them)

Next it will be the saddle, then everything she will eventually wear all at once (saddle, bridle, boots, breast collar, back cinch, etc) so when next year rolls around, she will be ready for a rider (hopefully) and ready for her first riding show (just western pleasure)
    05-31-2013, 12:20 AM
Goodluck Breezy! I know zip about halter and showmanship but I think you will do just fine. There's lots of good info and knowledgeable people here to offer advice!!
    05-31-2013, 01:05 AM
For Halter & showmanship
Halter they need to know how to stand square,jog on lead & show teeth for mares & stallions {not sure they will ask for the teeth thing at an open show}
The conformation of the horse is judged,so having them set/stood up correctly is important,for stock horse breeds they need to be square under them not camped out behind or standing to far under themself. They should look bright & alert looking forward,not half asleep hanging head,or looking all about.

Showmanship is more the exhibitor being judged on how you & your horse work as a team. You will be given a pattern to follow,that will involve,walking/trot,backing & Pivots {Anywhere from 90-360 degree turns} & occasionally may be asked for a pull turn. All theses maneuvers with a well trained horse you should be able to do with little contact/loose lead {you are not allowed to touch/cue horse on his body}. You should look like dance partners. There is also the presenting to the judge for inspection as part of your pattern. Inspection you need to set your horse up off the lead like halter pose then the judge will go around your horse for inspection. You must know your quarters & move in relation to where the judge is.Presenting in confident graceful manner. Your presentation of yourself & horse is what is being judged so besides being able to do your pattern you have to present yourself & horse as the well groomed & proper attire.

Hope this Helps Good luck
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    05-31-2013, 01:10 AM
Showmanship sounds like fun!!! Hmmmm I might do that!!!
    05-31-2013, 01:15 AM
An excellent instructional video, it is an old one but so clearly explained, is Richard Shrake's Showmanship. Try on to see if you can get a used copy. Of all the instructional DVD's about showmanship, this one was the best by far.
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    05-31-2013, 01:20 AM
I use to not like showmanship,probably actually more scared of it I had my horse for training & showmanship was something this trainer taught all the horses . Needless to say she was turning my mare into a SMS machine She then had to teach me as surprise! That was going to be my new class!!
If the nerves don't get the best of me we do pretty well,My mare is fantastic at it,but is her handler that needs the work I like it now, as I know it can be fun if you have a well trained "dance partner"
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    05-31-2013, 05:43 PM
Thanks so much, you have been helpful. The last time I was in Showmanship, we had to walk up to the judge, then trot in a circle and line up, then the judge went around and I know how to do the quarters thing, but I was in a group 11 and under, so I am not sure if it will be the same for the 12-18 group I will be in this year.

If I have to do a pattern, will each person and horse have to do it individually (one at a time), or will we go in a line and do them so one person goes and the next, and so on, but as soon as one person is done something, the next goes? If that didn't sound confusing.
    06-01-2013, 02:24 AM
In showmanship you do your pattern one at a time than get called back for your placings. Halter you walk in then trot for judge & line up as a group for inspection,You will then be placed from there.
    06-01-2013, 03:28 AM
Train her to stand still for at least ten minutes at a time.
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