Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
You can't use rubber reins in an eq class .. Well you can- but you shouldn't and most classes say only leather . Eq is judged on you, but you are judged against the other riders not the ideal rider. But even at that you want to be balanced, heel down correct leg and hands- your striving for perfection. Your horse isn't judged but the smoother horse and calmer he is the easier to ride so that makes your job easy. Leads are inportant, correct diagonals, counter canter, not just cantering on the wrong lead. Sitting trot, no stirrups over fences and around the ring sitting OR POSTING. It takes a lot of hours in the saddle practicing your position and balance before even expecting to get noticed in the ring.
You want to be turned out in full show gear, boots polished, clean tack. As George Morris would say "workman like appearance".
You should read read read books on hunters, hunt seat equitation and practice practice practice, in every show no matter what it is - barrel racing to showjumping you can tell why is that weekend warrior and who works on themselves and horses all year and between shows
Oh ya! Have fun ( did I forget to say that lol)