New to Halter and Showmanship and I have questions
I am brand new to halter and showmanship so I have decided to ask questions.
First, I am not sure of the difference between the two classes. So if someone could explain what judges look for in Halter classes, and what they look for in Showmanship classes. From what I can gather, showmanship is judged on a pattern and how perfect you and your horse are and your overall preparations and turn-out. And I'm not sure about Halter.
Also I know that your Western Stock Breeds show in a flashy silver halter and English horses show in an English bridle. Are there different rules for an English Showmanship/Halter class than there are for a Western Showmanship/Halter class? I'm pretty sure that Western Breeds (like QH and Paints) can show in English Showmanship/Halter classes...but correct me if I'm wrong.
I have a Paint/QH mix that is unregistered and she is def more of an English Horse than a Western one. I want to take her into either Showmanship or Halter at a local schooling show that is relaxed. I've seen classes be done by breeds before and so I was wondering if she would go into a Mixed Breed Class or if shows normally have breed classes done by similar breeds?
As far as training for the show, my horse has wonderful ground manners and good confirmation. I know how to train a horse to stand square and have been working on this with her.
So my main questions are above. Again the shows I am looking at are all chill schooling shows so I wouldn't be up against huge competition and it'd be more for fun and learning.
Any help would be great.
Hope that's helpful to you! Good luck, and have fun!! :D
Unless a class is designated as "English Showmanship" you should have a western turn-out.
Pinto has English Showmanship, APHA and AQHA do not. The other color breeds may have it also.
Halter is a class based on the horse's conformation, grooming, and etc. Showmanship, is a class where you perform a pattern and the judge judges the class on the showman. Hence the name showmanship. This class is about you, and how you show your horse to the judge.
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