Lots of showing questions
I couldn't decide if this should be under western riding or not. So I put it here.
Once we figure out what is bothering Diesel, I want to start showing. I've never really shown other than at fun shows. I've always been a barrel racer. I've -gone- to shows but thats about it. I am at a big AQHA barn and everyone there has been to world, has won a million things, etc.
I have had a really successful barrel racing career, but that's about it.
I haven't really made any friends at this barn so I feel a bit of the outcast, but that doesn't stop me from wanting to show. In February there is an open show my BO made me promise her I would go to. I am not sure what types of classes she wants me to show in but it's just for fun. Also, I don't have a truck or trailer so I am just jumping on the opportunity to get out of the barn and ride elsewhere.
So one thing I really have been interested in is Trail. Does anyone have an example of a really simple trail test? My horse is 10 and so I would be doing something along the lines of Maiden Horse/Maiden rider, walk trot, etc.
What kind of things should we work on? He needs help sidepassing and he backing straight...
How does a box work? Do they want you to turn in a circle or actually pivot? I can't seem to get a solid answer.
What other classes would you think we could do? Its just a schooling show so I dont want to win or anything, I just want to get him doing something. I would prefer walk trot classes since his canter isn't very solid yet. I was thinking maybe horsemanship?
What about english classes? Are there any that would just be walk trot rail work? We are not ready to jump yet.
My last question is at a schooling show, they are not very strict about fancy tack, fancy show clothes right? I only have a barrel saddle and a crappy english saddle. I have no show clothes really...I have a pair of tall boots that I could probably clean up and relace if I decided to show english.
Does anyone know where I could find cheap show clothes online? We don't have a tack store here really.
Sorry for so many questions!
I want to answer you but the only trail classes I've done have been the arab ones and I'm not sure if they are different.......
Oh, oh, oh, oh, Trail is one of my favorite classes to compete in.
Okay, here goes nothing.
For the box, you don't pivot. It is usually 6' x 6', so it is way too small to do that. To teach the horse to turn around in it, I like to go corner to corner. So you go in straight, then to make a turn to the right, take the horse's front end to the first corner to the right, walking forward until you are as close to it as you can get. Then take the hindend to the left until it is about 1/2 way down the middle of the opposite side. Then take the forend to the next corner, move the hind end, repeat. Always stop at the corners, as when you get better at it, the horse will learn that if you stop with the front end perpendicular to a poll, they are supossed to exit.
For trail, also work on back throughs. You can use 4 polls laid out in different patterns, or you can use multiple cones. Start big, then get smaller.
Work on walk, trot, and canter over polls, concentrating on a straight line. Start with one poll, and as you get to where you can go straight and cleanly over one, put in another. The distance is about 24" between at the walk, 3'-4' at the trot, and 6'-7' at the lope.
Learn to work a gate (rope and metal), and take your horse over a bridge.
Side passing is essential for trail, both for sidepass obstacles, and to get into and out of other obstacles smoothly.
Unfortunately I don't have any trail patterns that I can attach here. I have lots in my head, but not on paper.
Other classes to try would be horsemanship and pleasure. For english, they should have hunter under saddle and equitation on the flat.
I have no idea about show clothes cheap. Those are awful hard to find.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
I found a website that has lots of patterns, including horsemanship, trail, eq, and showmanship. Some of the patterns start to get complex, but as you are starting set up one obstacle and work on it, then do another. Take it nice and slow, it takes many hours to get a horse to do trail nicely.
Trail Class Practice Patterns
...you shouldnt have helped her... she stole my carrot!
Here is a novice trail pattern to look at.
Also you will need to figure out if you are wanting to do inhand trail or mounted trail. You can do both if you want.:-)
Oh I forgot to add for open shows you really dont need fancy show clothes.
For english you have to wear breeches though.
For Western a pair of wranglers and a western shirt and a western hat is all you really need since it is only an open show.
when I go to schooling shows for english I wear breeches and a hoodie in the winter and in the summer when its hot I wear a short sleeve shirt and breeches and of course your boots.
For western at schooling shows all I wear is a pair of wranglers and a hoodie and either a western hat or just a regular hat, but if you want you can wear show clothes its really up to you, but since its just a schooling show you arent required to wear them.
i know at the arab shows, they'll do the trail class in between their other classes, so they'll be in english clothes and a western saddle, or they'll be half dressed... but then there are others where they are fully dressed. At the QH shows they are always in their show attire... I've never done one at a QH show.....
Im sorry, Farm Pony! I didn't know you would catch me...
I didn't know about in hand trail. I will look into that. I went to a trail practice session at my barn. My BO said Diesel is very careful with his feet and we should definitely work on trail patterns.
How do you maneuver a bridge properly? We walk over the bridge, but do you have to stop on it? We have been working on a gate, but we don't side pass through it. Is it required/will you get more points if you side pass?
How do you correct a horse if he clips the poles with his feet? He is usually pretty aware of his feet, but sometimes he will clip them.
Also, right now we aren't as comfortable with one hand when picking up leads or pivoting. How could we get better at this?
Equitation judges the rider...What does hunter under saddle do?
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