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post #1 of 8 Old 05-09-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Greenie's First Show! Nervous

Brodie, my horse, has made so much progress! With show season here, I want to enter him in his first show. It is just a local show and that is all I can do with him right now. My trainer said that Brodie is not ready for showing...but i truly think he is. He is fine at the walk and trot and all I want to enter in is walk trot class. The only thing im concerned about is that this would be his first show and I don't know how he will react. He is not a fan of wind, and sometimes changes freak him out. I know eventually he will have to learn to get used to changes. I'm only 15 and Brodie needs to first enter a green horse class. My trainer said that most shows have experienced riders ride in green classes incase anything might happen. But since my trainer says he is not ready I dont know who can ride him. I would, but I am not an experienced rider. He is a little spooky at somethings but he is not the worst. He is a Quarter Horse and they usually have good temperments...he is just a baby. I think he has what it takes....Im just nervous of what he might do. Yet that is the same with any other greenie. Any ideas or tips I could use? (i will not be riding in the class, I have my other trainer/friend to ride him for me)
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-09-2010, 06:40 PM
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I would listen to your trainer who IS expierenced and says you shouldn't show him yet, showing him when you cant even ride him and have no clue how he will behave is stupid without your trainer backing you up and helping you.
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Maybe you could take him to a few shows and just walk him around and let him see what it's all about before entering him in classes. Show grounds can be a big deal for a horse who's new to it. If you're not dead calm, he certainly won't be.

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who is right? different feedbacks???????

[QUOTE=brodieluver26;628571]I have heard many things from many people. Some said I should go beacuse they said he is perfectly fine and then some say he should wait a little longer. I dont know who is right. But if I MIGHT take him to a show...any tips on relaxing a greenie? My other trainer said he has to learn eventually and said he will be fine and she will be there to help me
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I agree that taking him to a show just to walk around and experience the changes would be a great start.
I know that you said you are walk/trotting but this is something that my daughters instructor pointed out to her the other day. When showing , you should show one level below what you are schooling. They have been working on her seat and balance , heels down , lower leg etc... for many lessons on her lesson horses and now she is taking lessons on her own horse doing all these same things. She wants her to start cantering not only to move up a little in her riding but also so she can experience it and be able to stay on/balance etc..
So many things can happen at a show and if her horse were to take off cantering for some reason, she wants to be sure my daughter can stay on and keep control of her horse. She is showing walk/trot as well.
I feel this is def. a good point and staying safe is always the best way to go.
Just something I would point out in case you havent been cantering at home.

If you do take him I would suggest what the others have said , just walking him around, getting him used to everything and lunging him. If he is doing well then , perhaps riding him in the schooling area to see how he reacts to the other horses etc...

Reading the last part of your post : if your trainer can go with you to help you out , would she be able to ride him for you in a few classes and then you ride in the schooling area under your trainers watchful eye?

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Most green horses I've worked with will bolt when spooked, or shy away from things.. without an experienced rider to handle these reactions calmly and bring him back appropriately, it will just result in bad habits forming. Unless you can confidently walk, trot, and canter I would not recommend taking your green horse to a show. There is always a chance of something happening and unless he can be controlled and be brought back to a calm state afterwards... it just spells bad news to me. It's your responsibility to make sure your horse is ready for an experience such as a show for everyones safety.. your own, your horses', and all of the other competitors and their own horses as well. If your trainer does not think your horse is ready for this, then I think you should listen to them. If you don't have the experience to ride the horse yourself in a show, then I would only assume that you wouldn't have the experience to make that call.

For everyones safety, and to prevent bad habits from forming in a young horse.. I would listen to your trainer.
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Join a local pony club or riding club and get him there as much as possible to get him used to having horses milling around him in an open space.

I like to take my greenies out a few times without entering a comp when I feel they're ready to start going out. Just walking them around, letting them take in the sights and sounds, then once they're calm enough I'll pop them on the lunge in a back corner somewhere. Usually I'll get on and have a walk around unless horse is really going troppo.
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Take him to a couple of shows and let him stand around at the trailer, and maybe hand walk him around the grounds, just so he can get used to the environment...that is the only way really to get a horse used to new environments is to get the horse IN new environments.

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