How to train a horse for showmanship?

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    11-01-2011, 11:26 AM
Talking How to train a horse for showmanship?

I have been showing this 8 yr old paint mare for two years now for her owner, and she's done very well in Western Pleasure and I decided this last summer to put her in halter classes to see how she does. She surprised me by taking reserve champion in paint horse at halter. I wasn't surprised because of her build - she's built for it, but because she's never been asked to square up, and then trot off. She hasn't had training in it.

She will square up for me, but it takes her a minute or two to understand what I want, and in a halter/showmanship class, that's way too long! She also, once squared, 50% of the time tends to cock a back leg. I'm glad she's relaxed with it all, but how do I get her to not do that?

I am looking for tips to train her for it. She willingly trots next to me, stops, backs and walks. I just need to start getting her more proficient at squaring up and maybe start her on the pivot. Any tips would be awesome!! Thanks!
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    11-01-2011, 04:39 PM
Just noticed my above question is pretty wordy and not really what I wanted to ask. My real question is how do you start training a horse to set themselves up? I worked with her last night for a bit and by the end of it (asking her to back until her feet were right or setting them by hand and rewarding her for it...) She was pretty good at fixing her front feet..50% of the time. I also want to fix her habit of cocking that back leg when she's squared. Thanks for any help!!

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