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?
Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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Last edited by RadHenry09; 05-09-2010 at 09:45 PM.