Calling All Arabian Show People
This coming year I'm planning on showing my Morab mare, Molly, in local equitation shows and I was wondering if I should use an Arabian halter. I've never shown Arabians so I have no idea what to do. Park her out or stand square? Hunter braids?
Thanks in advance. (:
Arabians are shown natural- meaning the mane and tail are free-flowing, and no hoof black instead hoof laquer (Its clear)-> unless your trying to cover a little white spot or something. I use a shimmer powder on the delicate parts of the face (around eyes ect.) As for stance google it lol They almost stand square but have a foot stretched back slighty- this creates the ideal flat croup that is favorable in Arabs.
And I would suggest arabian halter- But you can also use a bridle at least for english type halter idk about the western side lol.
Im sure if i missed anything other members will tell you
Like this? I probably won't have her head held so high though.
Arabian1 by Rebel.Cowgirl, on Flickr
Arabian2 by Rebel.Cowgirl, on Flickr
Her legs need to come forward about 1 or even 2 small steps so that she's not leaning out over them with her shoulder. If you're going to use the Arabian hard stance, she needs all 4 feet flat on the ground, look at the pics and you'll see she's 'cheating' her left rear foot. Her neck needs to come UP out of her shoulder and then curve over at the poll.
She can be shown in the hard stance like that, or you can show in more of a sport horse stance if you are in a local open show. If you dress her up in tack, either English or Western, then everything has to match. You'd need to braid for Hunter and wear a complete Hunter kit for yourself or if you do stock, then you dress in your Western attire, minus chaps and use a stock horse stance. Or you can show her like a Morgan would show at a Mogran show, since she's half you can do any of those things.
If you're at an Arabian breed show, you either need to do the halter stand up or pick which discipline. www.usef.org has all the rules.
Here's Il Divo as a yearling getting ready for Scottsdale, he's standing pretty correctly.
Here's his dad, just cheating a little on that back foot.
You could really go either way since she's half arab x half morgan. I'd say show to the breed that she most closely resembles. Either way, you won't be doing any braids because both breeds go natural. If she parks out, I'd be more likely to show her as a morgan. In which case, you would show her with a bridle.
Similar to this:
If she looks more like an Arab, then you'd want to show her as an Arab. That means an Arabian show halter (you can get them for a great deal online), and mostly square with a back foot slightly farther back. Just like the pictures you see when you google.
If she already knows a parked out stance that will be easier than trying to teach the Arabian Hard Stand Up which can take several months to perfect.
Also, if she already parks out, then it'll be more difficult to get her to stand correctly as an Arabian. She'll be likely to park out every time and that's not the correct stance for Arabian halter.
To be honest, that chestnut is overstretched in her stance as well as her neck, so I wouldn't be concerned with trying to emulate her. What DreamCatcher posted is far more correct.
The point isn't to just stretch the horse as much as you can, but for the horse to use muscle and work for the position. The "good" halter horses don't practice that stance for long because it's tiring and uses a lot of energy for them. When we had halter horses at the "A" shows, they'd do a quick warmup, setup a couple of times, and that'd be it.
I wasn't sure how a Arabian was set up that is why I asked, and I didn't know if the chestnut was correct or not (that is why I asked). I'm going by what SEAmom posted of the Morgan since she already is doing that pretty well, but at home I'll work on her Arabian stance even if it takes years to get. I think the Arabian stance is more attractive then the Morgan (plus my mare looks more like an Arabian), but since I'm doing low level local shows I don't think they are going to mind if she is only parked. There is another Arabian and she stands square and they don't correct her about it (she actually has won a few classes).
Thanks everyone for the advice, its really helped me! I'm going to get my show halter in a few days. :D
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