Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Southwest Missouri
I have always wanted any horse that I was leading to stay at my right shoulder at or near it's poll/throatlatch area. Anything forward of that position was a pushy needed corrected horse. Anything behind that position was disrespectful and a dangerous position to be in if there was a spook.
In my younger years I showed ponies in 4-H Showmanship classes at County fairs and did not great, but fairly well. Then a few years ago I participated in a showmanship clinic with a certified QH judge with a borrowed QH mare that belonged to a friend of mine. My mare was at home taking care of a new born filly. April, the borrowed mare was better at showmanship that me, because she and I had never partnered up until that clininc. When it was my and April's turn to walk up to the Judge we did it with such ease and no nerves that it just felt natural. When the Judge gave the okay for us to turn and trot away to the starting line-up just as April and I were almost to the start-up line the Judge hollered, "stop" and for us to do the "turn again". April had done a total pivot on her left hind the first turn we did and did it again when the Judge asked for it again.
I was told by April's owner that I could use, borrow her any time I wanted.