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    07-31-2011, 11:48 PM
  #81
Foal
His is why I like the way that the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association does a show. You provide the rider/ clothes and each host school provides the horse-

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My daughter's school were National champions this year, she was their open rider...Berry College, and after she graduated she is now a coach at the college! She found her home in the IHSA and just loves it...the ultimate catch ride! Although there is some luck involved in the horse you draw it is judged on how you handle and ride whatever horse you draw, making for a pretty fair show.
     
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    08-01-2011, 03:07 AM
  #82
Foal
I agree with several of you and disagree with just as many. Currently we are only showing at our local saddle club open shows and the things that irritate me the most are the following:

- aggressive warmups, what I call jerk (bit) and stabs (spurs)
- showing seasoned multi-titled horses just to win first place
- riders who intimidate other riders and their horses by tailgating, side swipes,
cutting off etc... (yes I use driving terms)
- gamers who bring hot horses that they can't handle and then take it out on
everyone else
- parents allowing their inexperienced kids to compete in gaming classes on
young untrained horses with spurs and crops!
- parents/trainers who stand by the rail and verbally abuse their kids/riders
- people who wont smile, clap, support, encourage or help out

Horse people can be the most ignorant and or arrogant people I know. If you can be polite and smile, then I will go out of my way to help you, otherwise keep your drama to yourself.
     
    08-09-2011, 09:50 PM
  #83
Foal
Agree with posters here about 4h'ers getting fantabulous show horses to show in 4H, up against some kid and his/her backyard beast. Agree 100 percent that is definitely not fair. My daughter is currently in 4H, has been for 4 years, with, hang on to your hats, the SAME horse she started with, which in our area, that is almost a novelty, especially for the gaming kids...they change out their horses like every other year. Next year will probably be her last year (she'll be 15) because I think at least two of the girls in her age group are on the verge of getting new horses, which I absolutely will not have my daughter and her horse compete against them if that does indeed happen.

And the judging at 4H and open shows...what a joke. Every time my daughter misses a lead or somehow blows a pattern, it is held against her...but when she gets both, then it always seems to be some other reason why she won't be getting 1st place. At the most recent 4H show, the judge told her she really wanted to give the western horsemanship class to her, but her pattern work for it wasn't up to par. Even though the girl who won it never managed to get her horse into a discernible trot. I guess my daughter seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as far as the judges are concerned. Jeez...
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    10-04-2011, 04:14 PM
  #84
twh
Weanling
Wasn't this thread in the horse shows forum?

A lot has been covered in this thread, but I might as well stick in my oar.

Went to a county fair to show the Western classes. Judge was a dressage trainer who knew zero about Western, so let's just say her judging of the Western classes was kind of interesting. 10 minutes before the Western classes started, a QH WP peanut roller turned up in warmup right before, tacked up and his rider dressed like they were about to show at the Congress. We then had to watch the rider inflict gentle WP warmup methods on the poor animal.

Anyway, as I already mentioned, the judge knew nothing about Western riding, but she at least had the brains to figure out what the peanut roller was pulling, and placed her second in Pleasure, much to the dismay of the peanut roller's rider, who had the gall to make a comment that was apparently heard at ringside when she wasn't placed first.

I haven't been to many shows, but this is the first one that turned into a doosey.
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    10-04-2011, 04:43 PM
  #85
Yearling
What bothers me?

Other competitors who sit on the side of the warm up arena making loud disparaging remarks about other riders and/or their horses as they go by.

My friend almost pulled her horse from the show, in tears, when one of these people referred to her horse as "a canner" (fit only for dog food). I think that was mean and petty, and certainly doesn't foster good will or the desire to show.
     
    10-04-2011, 10:01 PM
  #86
twh
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Red Gate Farm    
My friend almost pulled her horse from the show, in tears, when one of these people referred to her horse as "a canner" (fit only for dog food). I think that was mean and petty, and certainly doesn't foster good will or the desire to show.
Ooh, I can just imagine what I would have done to them!
     
    10-04-2011, 11:13 PM
  #87
Started
On the note of kicking, I don't ever take a horse to a show if a feel they might try to kick. Train your horse at home! I have seen and been apart of to many kicking accidents at shows....once saw a child's pony get kicked and the rider of the kicker didn't even apologize...the kicking horse was a large wb or tb cross and the poor pony just trying to keep it's small rider safe (child must have been 10 at the most) turns out pony had to be rushed to the vet as it was in daze, not moving and seriously injured. I cried after seeing this. The girl didn't have her pony riding up anyone butt!

Also got caught with. Kicker once, gals horse kicked out, causing my horse to try to miss getting kicked...reared out if fear and flipped over....I was fine but was forced ro scratch from the rest of the show due .to my horse flipping over and being scared out if it's mind.

Both these people still showed those days, placed well and went on there merry way....dint bring a kicker to a show!
     
    10-05-2011, 06:42 AM
  #88
Foal
Any horse...no matter how well trained, can kick at anytime. Everyone should be aware of where their horses butt is and who or what is behind them and treat all horses if they might kick if provoked...and also be aware of where the horse in front of you is...just like driving a car. Keep your eyes open and your senses about you.
     
    10-05-2011, 08:43 AM
  #89
Trained
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Originally Posted by Reininginga    
Any horse...no matter how well trained, can kick at anytime. Everyone should be aware of where their horses butt is and who or what is behind them and treat all horses if they might kick if provoked...and also be aware of where the horse in front of you is...just like driving a car. Keep your eyes open and your senses about you.
I disagree. A horse can be trained not to kick just like it can be trained to do anything. I have owned horses for a lot of years and a lto of different horses from stallions to mares and showed most of them. Not one has kicked at anouther horse under saddle. If they did it would be the last time they ever kicked at anouther horse at a show or any where under saddle and I have had several mares who like to kick at horses out in the pasture. However they know not to under saddle.
     
    10-05-2011, 11:16 AM
  #90
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Reininginga    
Any horse...no matter how well trained, can kick at anytime. Everyone should be aware of where their horses butt is and who or what is behind them and treat all horses if they might kick if provoked...and also be aware of where the horse in front of you is...just like driving a car. Keep your eyes open and your senses about you.

I totally agree with you. I always try to stay away from horse's rear ends at shows. You never know. If I got kicked I would blame myself not the horse that kicked me. They should know better, but they are animals, and not always perfect.
     

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