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post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2011, 03:48 PM Thread Starter
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New to Western pleasure!

Hey! Next weekend i'm going to a fair that has all disciplines of riding and i decided to try a western pleasure class just for fun! I compete in reining on my 5 year old gelding Harley who can do it all! I've never watched western pleasure and i don't know anyone who does it that can give me any tips. So whats it all about and what do i do and don't do in the show ring! What will i be asked to do by the judges and whats the best way to accomplish the maneuvers in a way that will impress the judges?

This is my little angel LHT Flashy N Sassy aka Harley!

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-22-2011, 04:23 PM
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If its just a fall fair, then they shouldn't ask you to do anything to tricky. The judge will ask for a walk, jog, lope (the annoucer will call out) usually you will do your w/j/l one way and then reverse and do it the other way aswell. They ask you to reverse normally only at the walk and jog however if they do ask for it at the lope, make sure you switch your leads once you come back onto the rail, unless they say "reverse at the lope and continue on a counter canter" or something like that. Some judges will ask for you to halt your horse and back up, sometimes they will say 5 steps or a certain number, but its best if you back up more so that the judge is able to see your horse back up. If its not asked on the rail, the judge will usually ask you to back your horse up in front of them when you go to line up and wait for your placings. Its not very difficult, just remember to have fun and don't worry! :) Hope I helped.

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-22-2011, 04:29 PM
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Take photos and let us know how it goes!
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-22-2011, 04:41 PM
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This shows a pretty good example of what you will be asked to do :)
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-23-2011, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks! That doesnt seem all that hard since its just for fun! I doubt i can get my gelding to lope that slow or carry his head that flat but we can try! Thanks for the tips!

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post #6 of 8 Old 08-23-2011, 01:48 PM
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It's funny the places I find my videos! That's me on the palomino in the video posted above.

Other important things to know -

A 5 year old can be ridden in a snaffle & two handed, or one handed with a shank bit. You can't go two handed with a shank bit.

Stay on the rail as much as you can & go deep into the corners. If you are faster than the other horses, ride to the inside.

No sport boots, bell boots or leg wraps are allowed. Otherwise your turnout in the pictures you posted is quite appropriate for a WP class.

To impress the judges, just stay relaxed & don't get into trouble. Try to position your horse away from the other horses in the class & stay by yourself. This is where using your corners comes in handy.

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post #7 of 8 Old 08-24-2011, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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another question! when they ask for a transition from say lope to walk, how should i do that? since hes a reiner i cant say woah or i'll be sliding into next week but are you allowed to trot a few steps and then go down into a walk? I've never really tried a lope to walk transition. at least not on purpose. we usually jog a quarter circle before we go into a walk

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post #8 of 8 Old 08-24-2011, 03:14 PM
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You should do a smooth transition from the lope to the walk. I know my reiner wasn't that good at that transition either. I had my trainer nstill an "easy" cue, since I wanted to be able to do a few other classes with him.
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