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    09-15-2011, 06:39 PM
Talking First Ever Hunter Show

I am so excited that my first Hunter show is coming up in October! I'm just hoping I'm ready in EVERY way! My trainer said I should be ready for it and I believe her, but I was wondering what you were all thinking. Also, what will I need to wear? And what is the average overall cost for the show? It is a KHJA Show, two days overnight in Topeka, so I am SUPER excited! I might even get to bring a friend! And last, what is it like? I know it is crowded but that's about all I know. I have been to a show before and know how they work, but I'm really wondering what there like. Here are some recent videos of my riding. One more thing. I KNOW that I am VERY bad at sitting to her canter and I move around a lot, does anyone have any advise on how to just SIT? I just can't find that out.

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    09-15-2011, 06:50 PM
I will be adding more videos as they load, they are being very slow. =p
    09-15-2011, 06:54 PM
Start at 1:22, and watch from there. Sorry, but they were taken on a picture camera, so the quality is not the best. =/
    09-15-2011, 07:58 PM
One thing I noticed that when you canter your entire leg moves against your horse. Drive those heels down and focus on keeping your leg still (this will also help with your stirrups moving around on you). I personally would like to see more contact with your horse through your leg as well (will also help still your leg). Also your horse "breaks" a lot at the canter so squeeze him/her with every stride of the canter, and if that doesn't work ride with a crop. When you ride, your upper body is a bit too forward. It almost looks like your in your 2 point. Try sitting up a bit more when your trying to canter and just relax. Really try to sit and imagine that someone glued your breeches to the saddle. I know that sounds kind of silly, but that's what my instructor said she was going to do if I didn't stop flopping around like a fish. Good luck at your show!
    09-15-2011, 08:04 PM
Thanks! I know I do all those things a lot! We are going to play the game this Sunday where you put a dollar bill under your thigh. Hoping I can keep that there! =)
    09-15-2011, 08:23 PM
Hahaha good luck with that game! I've tried it and it is hard! I've been told to be as relaxed as possible and try not to move at all. This is because I lost by lifting my leg to much when asking my horse to canter hehehe oops. :)
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    09-15-2011, 08:27 PM
SpottedDraftRider- Haha thanks! I will try!

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    09-15-2011, 10:01 PM
Alrighty lets get started. So you lean forward from the waist up when you canter and attempt to canter especially. This accomplishes nothing but putting more weight on your horses forehand and make is harder fro the to pick up that canter, so sit up nice and tall, your back is straight which is good news so just sit up. Also elbows flop out every now and then not major problem. Toes flare out. I know squeezing for the canter. (I teach lessons, I hear everything ;)
but there needs to be a more reactive horse underneath you. Ask tell demand is the system I use with my students. Ask the horse politely with a squeeze and kiss or cluck. Tell the horse; light little bumps that get more and more firm each time or every other bump not like a full out kick. Demand; crop. Yes the ugly "C" word. Most of the time even carrying the darn thing will make that little halo pop right out. Once you get that horse going give it a bump every stride or every other. ESPECIALLY in those corners.

Also give your horse a better approach if you not showing in jumpers then you don't need to worry about cutting seconds from a time. Especially since this is your first show. Use that inside leg and angle for the center of the fence more.
Especially on the 2nd video with the white picket I was oh oho ho okay they made it. Wasn't even sure you were going to take the fence. If that was a young inexperienced horse 99% they would have run out.

Also pick up those reigns a little you need a solid contact with their mouths not pleasure reigns. And move your horse up a little more before the fence not just with speed but also impulsion (power from the butt) get her on the bit and push her forward. Might need to do some dressage to nail that one down\

Don't worry, just ask my students, I am very picky in normal lessons and before a show my pickiness is times 4. So I just go hard on the riders that I know got the stuff! Good job and good luck!!!!!
    09-16-2011, 06:13 PM
Thanks! I can always realize something after someone tells me! But, if you put her reins to short, she will get really angry, and wont listen or do anything right, and also constantly bobs her head.
    10-04-2011, 08:23 PM
I agree with what everyone else has said, and want to wish you good luck! :)

As far as what to wear, it really depends on the type of show. The common ones are "D" shows, "B" shows, "A" shows and "AA" shows. The "D" shows are more on the schooling level and you do not need to have a coat or show shirt - you can wear a nice polo. "A" shows are fancy and you will need the show coat and show shirt.

I am going to my third hunter/jumper show this weekend and am so excited and want to wish you the best of luck again! :)

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