I couldn't decide if this should be under western riding or not. So I put it here.
Once we figure out what is bothering Diesel, I want to start showing. I've never really shown other than at fun shows. I've always been a barrel racer. I've -gone- to shows but that's about it. I am at a big AQHA barn and everyone there has been to world, has won a million things, etc.
I have had a really successful barrel racing career, but that's about it.
I haven't really made any friends at this barn so I feel a bit of the outcast, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to show. In February there is an open show my BO made me promise her I would go to. I am not sure what types of classes she wants me to show in but it's just for fun. Also, I don't have a truck or trailer so I am just jumping on the opportunity to get out of the barn and ride elsewhere.
So one thing I really have been interested in is Trail. Does anyone have an example of a really simple trail test? My horse is 10 and so I would be doing something along the lines of Maiden Horse/Maiden rider, walk trot, etc.
What kind of things should we work on? He needs help sidepassing and he backing straight...
How does a box work? Do they want you to turn in a circle or actually pivot? I can't seem to get a solid answer.
What other classes would you think we could do? Its just a schooling show so I don't want to win or anything, I just want to get him doing something. I would prefer walk trot classes since his canter isn't very solid yet. I was thinking maybe horsemanship?
What about english classes? Are there any that would just be walk trot rail work? We are not ready to jump yet.
My last question is at a schooling show, they are not very strict about fancy tack, fancy show clothes right? I only have a barrel saddle and a crappy english saddle. I have no show clothes really...I have a pair of tall boots that I could probably clean up and relace if I decided to show english.
Does anyone know where I could find cheap show clothes online? We don't have a tack store here really.
Sorry for so many questions!