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Showing a gaited horse at a local open show...
I'm going to show in both halter and showmanship.
My question is... how much 'gaited' should I put into my presentation? Should I show her exactly how she'd be shown at a breed show, or should I 'quarter horse' her up a little to please the judges?
She has a long mane and I'm not pulling it - should I leave it down or do a running braid? It would be left down at a breed show.
Should I put the MFT ribbons in her mane and forelock or leave them out?
Should I stand her square like a QH or slightly parked out like a MFT?
Thanks for reading : )
Also, should I braid her forelock or leave it down? You can do either one at breed shows...
I would do slightly gaited, I would definitly park her. and keep the ribbons in her mane Do not QH that beautiful horse.
I would rock her out gaited style. Braids and all. Heres my silly reasoning.
In showmanship/halter they are going to be looking at her conformation. To me, perfect confo on a QH and perfect confo on a MFT are different. If the judge doesnt know, why not give them a hint? A big one. LOL Its not like she carries around a sign that says "Not a QH...gaited!"
LOL if they are predominantly QH judges they would probably DQ you for having a 'lame' horse! j/k In my experience showing gaited horses against trotting horses (not the fox trot ofcourse!) Normal show people are a bit oblivious that there are other breeds of horses out there. Sometimes its nice to show them! And you've got a great horse to do it with!
Thanks for the help! I think I will go all out : )
Put that she is gaited on your entry form. Do they have a gaited division?
No, they don't... It's just a small, local PtHA/APHA show. I'm not sure what the entry forms will look like, but I'll write it down if there's a place for it. Thanks!
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