|nikelodeon79 ||08-09-2012 05:09 PM |
Originally Posted by HipHopHorseman
I want to show her in Western Pleasure for the fun of it.. What tips can you all give.
I am by no means a "professional," (I did a bit of training and showed a few local shows, just for fun), but here are a few things that immediately jump out at me:
Your position in the saddle actually looks pretty good. I would work with Anna on learning how to go with a loose rein, in all of your gaits (walk, jog, and lope). My big QH always had trouble at the trot... he would take off running if I didn't gather the reins but with some persistence I was able to train him out of that habit.
I understand wanting to be comfortable while riding, but for longer sessions in the saddle, you may want to consider wearing pants (to prevent getting rubbed by the saddle on your bare legs) and I always recommend boots, for safety sake. The purpose of the heel is to keep the foot from sliding through the stirrup. If something happens and you fall, the last thing you want is to have your foot hung up in the stirrup. Alternatively, you could use covered stirrups but for showing you'll need boots and uncovered stirrups.
Most importantly, I always recommend a helmet.
Good luck, and have fun!