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What can you tell me about English AND Western events?
I have three horses that I'd like to show, but...I don't know in WHAT I'd like to show them in! I've never...actually...shown :lol:
First is Baby Girl, she's a four year old QH. She has a big ol' hunk of a scar on her hindquarters, isn't conformationally pretty, but has a sweet personality. Right now, I'm working on actually getting her to go FASTER than a walk. She seems to just enjoy strolling through the day and smelling the roses.
I was thinking just trail events with her, since she responds very well to cues but isn't all that fast or pretty.
Second is Red Man, four year old Missouri Fox Trotter gelding. He's doesn't have a great conformation (roach backed, straight shoulder, overall rather small built) but he is quite pretty (true Flaxen Chestnut) and moves well. I have...no clue what do try or train him in.
Third is Divo, four year old FriesianxHackney gelding. He's small, only 14hh, but has a great conformation and a gentlemen personality. I would really like to do halter, trail, and MAYBE English with him? I've never done English (I rode in one once!) but I've always admired it. I'm certainly not planning on any high-level Dressage, but black horses look so sharp in those English saddles!
Little help here guys? :lol:
For the first two I was think WP or walk trot classes? they aren't asked to go very fast just go through the paces.
Divo, I was thinking low level dressage? its really fun and not to hard, maybe hunter?
I'm hoping that with some bareback/tackless training my mare will be more open to going a bit quicker :)
I looked at some low-level Dressage on Wiki, it does sound really fun. Perhaps something I could train in by myself? Theres no Dressage or English trainers in my area, unfortunately.
What do you do in Hunter? He IS pretty short (14hh) and last time I tried jumping I just about fell off the horse :lol: It wasn't a very big one, but I was still in the 'forward' position when he came down on the other side.
I figure I best stick to stuff that doesn't include very much jumping, or only has pretty short jumps.
Hunter does have small jumps :) its kinda like show jumping and dressage mixed.. like you have to have a certain number of strides between each jump. lots of ponies do hunter :)
And low level dressage is a really kool thing to do! Really all it is, is doing circles, S's, walking, trotting, cantering, its more of how can you control your horse and show him off and how well he can utilize his body but also how good of a connection as how softly your aids are and he well he responds.
ALSO.. you can always try barrel racing, pole bending and other wester sports to see if you or your horse like them :) I think riding is supposed to be for fun, not whether your good at something or not. Find something fun and exciting even doing halter or showmanship, its all in the fun! :)
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