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    05-05-2011, 12:43 PM
  #1
Yearling
Upcoming show...help?

There is a 4H-run "fun show" coming up soon that I am taking Sav to. She has never shown before, and I haven't shown since '08, so it will be a good learning experience for both of us. I'd like to do some in-hand classes, and there are a couple halter classes I'm interested in. There's also showmanship. They're categorized as hunter and western. My questions ... what can I expect? I haven't done showmanship since my 4H days (2006) and I've NEVER done halter. I'm also doing some western classes under saddle. Mostly on-the-rail stuff, but I would like to try some Horsemanship and Trail classes as well. Also - there is a class called Country Pleasure (omits gaited horses). Any idea what that might be?

Thanks in advance! Also, some recent photos of Sav. Are at the bottom. Do you think she'd be alright conformation-wise in a halter class? I know that halter is mostly based on conformation, and showmanship is the presentation of the horse. Is that right? What can I do to get noticed? It's just a "fun" show but it's judged and there will be good competition. I'll be showing another mare in english and I am going to wear breeches, half-chaps and a polo. Will I look silly if I wear that and ride western?

She'll be getting a nice bath before the show so she'll be slick and shiny. :)












^ That's actually not recent - just a comparison to show you how fuzzy she was! :)
     
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    05-05-2011, 01:31 PM
  #2
Foal
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
There is a 4H-run "fun show" coming up soon that I am taking Sav to. She has never shown before, and I haven't shown since '08, so it will be a good learning experience for both of us. I'd like to do some in-hand classes, and there are a couple halter classes I'm interested in. There's also showmanship. They're categorized as hunter and western. My questions ... what can I expect? I haven't done showmanship since my 4H days (2006) and I've NEVER done halter. I'm also doing some western classes under saddle. Mostly on-the-rail stuff, but I would like to try some Horsemanship and Trail classes as well. Also - there is a class called Country Pleasure (omits gaited horses). Any idea what that might be?

Thanks in advance! Also, some recent photos of Sav. Are at the bottom. Do you think she'd be alright conformation-wise in a halter class? I know that halter is mostly based on conformation, and showmanship is the presentation of the horse. Is that right? What can I do to get noticed? It's just a "fun" show but it's judged and there will be good competition. I'll be showing another mare in english and I am going to wear breeches, half-chaps and a polo. Will I look silly if I wear that and ride western?

She'll be getting a nice bath before the show so she'll be slick and shiny.
Hello :) Halter classes are very easy if you have a good looking horse. You're absolutely right about them being all about conformation. Your horse doesn't look much like a halter horse (don't get me wrong, she is adorable ) but getting her out in front of an audience will be good for her. While showmanship usually entails backing up, pivoting, jogging and lots of smiles (generally looking bubbly and showing off how equally lively your horse can be), halter (from my past experience) just involves walking in, jogging past the judges to your spot and squaring up nicely until they come around to get a good look. The "presenter" (ie you) is hardly judged at all. Your only job is to make sure your horse looks her best.
Trail classes are great fun. They usually include little obstacles such as stepping over a series of poles, bridges, etc. In some exercises they will ask you to back through an "L" shaped series of poles without nicking them, open a mail box and open and close a gate without letting go of it (by using foot work to side-pass your horse near enough to it and then sort of pivoting around it to the other side and backing up to close it.
From my former experience, the way to get noticed in showmanship is to always have a smile on your face, always look calm and confident and most importantly, always have your horse under control.
As for the western classes, standard attire is a solid colored pant, boot and hat, with a flashier more eye catching shirt (possibly with a vest worn over the top and a buckle if you have one.) You may get docked points for not having proper attire, but there are open classes where people can wear whatever they like. Where I used to show, these were the classes that trainers put their horses into to get them used to the show environment and girls would ride their inexperienced horses in them making it a kind of "anything goes" class. Sorry to say that I've never heard of "country pleasure"...
It's been a while, but hopefully something I've said will be useful

Edit: she is very pretty. She may do alright in a halter class if she can stand nice. I would just clean her up real nice and make sure her mane and tail are all brushed through. Lunge her a few laps (but don't let her sweat) just to get her muscles and figure to really pop. Paint her hooves with some clear gloss and we always used a teeny bit of baby oil to get the black on our bay to just dazzle in the ring :) works like a charm, just don't make her look greasy lol. If she'll let you I'd trim up that fuzz on her fetlocks as well
     
    05-05-2011, 02:37 PM
  #3
Yearling
@ Missmellow - Thank you so much! I really appreciate your entire post! I will definitely be getting her nice and clean and shiny before the show and trying out the baby oil. Her fetlock fuzz is actually very pretty feathering when she's all clean, and goes all the way up to her knee. I am still deciding whether or not to trim the cannon bone part and shave the fetlock part, or just clean it up nicely and leave it. It gives her a very nice mustang look when it's showing right. Our pasture is under water right now, so her legs were wet. I was just looking at some photos from the day I bought her, and she didn't have that belly before... it actually skews her conformation a bit and makes her look unbalanced. I'm talking about the part right in front of her flank... her "hay belly" I suppose?

Trying to find some more photos...

     
    05-05-2011, 02:57 PM
  #4
Foal
Trimming up the fetlocks really cleans a horse up. I know the week after I do it to my horse he just looks so much more well-groomed even though only one tiny thing has changed. (he has a sort of fuzzy mustang appearance as well ) They grow back quickly, but if you are only doing the class for fun and not as a serious competitor, there really isn't any need for you to do it if you don't want to. Trimming the fly-aways under the face and the insides of the ears has this same effect (although I don't recommend the ears if your horse isn't used to being clipped.) Trimming a bridal path is a good start though. As a rule of thumb, if you take your horse's ear and flatten it against its neck, that is a reasonable distance to trim the bridal path. (I know people with arabs who trim it much farther) I do it regularly since I hate my horse's mane getting twisted up in the bridal when I put it over his ears
Anywho...here is a good reference for you regarding halter classes:

Judge halter horse
     
    05-05-2011, 03:38 PM
  #5
Yearling
Here are some photos from the day after I bought her for comparison:





The other photos I posted are recent (except, of course, for the one I noted as not being recent, lol). See her hay belly? It makes her look weak in the hip and unbalanced. Gotta get rid of that!

Her bridle path is trimmed - I used clippers on it and she nearly fell asleep while I was doing it. Tried to trim her ears but she kept moving. Trimmed her whiskers a bit, not down to her muzzle or anything, but trimmed them. Trimmed her winter "beard" :P Her forelock is very fuzzy and thick, and where the fetlock is closest to her ears, it's extremely fuzzy, almost like baby fur. I want to narrow it out but I don't want to mess it up either! Now, along her crest, she has these hairs that stick straight up sometimes. You can see them in the closeup of her face. I want to get rid of those, but if I were to cut them, it would leave an ugly trail of short hairs along her neck. Any clue how to tame them?

Thanks so much by the way. You're really helping me!
     
    05-05-2011, 04:11 PM
  #6
Foal
As for the short little hairs along her crest, I wouldn't cut them as they will just stick up more when they start to grow back (I believe? Unless there is anyone out there who does indead trim them?) I personally have never done that. I would just condition her mane, maybe put a tiny bit of hairspray on your hands last minute and pat them down before going in the ring.
I see what you mean about the hey belly. It isn't terrible though...Nothing a little consistent exercise can't do away with :)
     
    05-05-2011, 04:23 PM
  #7
Foal
An extra note about halter classes...anything that she lacks in conformation can be partially made up for with skill. I know it is spposed to be a beauty contest, but if she can square up pretty and stand patiently and still look bright-eyed and excited to be there, she might just beat out that gorgeous horse that keeps stepping out of line. It is really all up to the judges and its important to make a good impression. Let us know how she does and maybe have someone take some pictures of you guys :)
     
    05-05-2011, 06:22 PM
  #8
Showing
If you want to make her eyes really pop use your clippers alongside her forelock. My welsh's mane and forelock was very thick. Starting at the base of the ear clip toward the forelock about 2". Same with the other ear. The forelock will be much narrower and her eyes will pop. The ears will appear wider. This is said to make a horse look more intelligent. I won't argue that.
     
    05-05-2011, 06:56 PM
  #9
Yearling
Thanks a lot you guys :) Saddlebag, I was considering doing that, actually. But it's good to know someone else has done it - I didn't want to go crazy! Also - see that little bit of her mane that hangs on the left side (right on top of her withers)? I have seen people roach the part of the mane that the saddle sits on top of. Would that be a good idea? Just about 4" of mane?
     
    05-05-2011, 08:04 PM
  #10
Yearling
I feel now I should have posted this in the "Horse Grooming" section! Haha
     

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