Tips & Answers, please! :D - The Horse Forum

 2Likes
  • 2 Post By busysmurf
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 7 Old 03-18-2012, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Tips & Answers, please! :D

*sneaks in*

Um, hi guys! *nervous laugh* So one of my new friends (OMG I have a friend! Can you BELIEVE it?!) who's on my FFA horse judging team asked me if I would do the Chowchilla Fair horse show through FFA with her, because she didn't want to be alone. There's Showmanship, English, Western Pleasure, Trail, and Gymkhana divisions. Since Mudpie's still out, I can't do English, which is what, on any normal occasion, I'd do. I've decided that (now, this is just for kicks & giggles – I'm not getting all gung ho about this or anything) I'll do western pleasure and gymkhana with Cherry.

Miss Cherry and I are definitely not going to get anywhere with this shenanigan, but it will be fun and that's all that matters. Cherry has really rough gaits (her lope is worse than her trot – no joke) and I don't know her that well. I haven't spent a lot of time with her, and she only just recently got off of my sh*t list.

So Miss Cherry is definitely not a peanut roller. I can slow her down, but she's not going to do that half-lame-looking sloooooow gait that WP horses do. (and quite frankly I won't even attempt to teach/learn that gait since we have like 3 weeks to practice, weather & back allowing) But I'm not really concerned. I'll do my best & that'll be fine with us(:

How much will I be docked if I ride with two hands? Also, has anyone done anything with FFA before? If so, what am I supposed to wear? Any regulations I should know about? :) OH, and can I ride in a hackamore? It dawned on me that she might go waaay better in one!

Thanks, guys!



Here she is being good at my school the day I decided that I actually liked her. (:

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
– I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 Old 03-18-2012, 06:16 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
Posts: 2,749
• Horses: 2
Congrats! I bet you will have a ton of fun!

You probably wont win riding two handed, unless your horse is under 5 years old. Have never heard of FFA I think...
To wear I would say a show shirt or a nice button up shirt with a collar. Black jeans or chaps if you have them. Not sure of any regulations. Also not sure if you can ride in a hackamore... I haven't seen it before.

Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.
Ray MacDonald is offline  
post #3 of 7 Old 03-19-2012, 12:54 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: In my own little world;)
Posts: 1,511
• Horses: 2
Way back when I was in FFs.... We had to wear normal western attire when showing. Boots with a heel (paddock boots will work fine, since your pants have to go over them), preferably black pants (chaps if you got 'em or can burrow a pair), and a button up long-sleeve shirt. And your helmet! I believe a hackmore is OK, just double check when you sign in. Unless the horse is under 5, riding w/ 2 hands is a big no-no in WP, you probably won't get kicked out of the class, but I'd still try the best you can w/ only using 1 hand. Gymkahna it doesn't matter. As for her gaits, just do the best you can, don't think you can't get her to do it, at least try, you may surprise yourself:) Odie was/is a very long strided horse w/ a higher natural headset, and we used to do pretty good, even though we were always passing the peanut pushers. Just remember when you're passing them to use your manners, and let them know you're coming, some of those horses can be zombies,LOL Good Luck & have fun!!
mudpie and KigerQueen like this.

"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"
busysmurf is offline  
post #4 of 7 Old 03-21-2012, 11:01 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 187
• Horses: 1
Since you say her lope is pretty rough, you may want to consider just doing walk/jog classes at the show. If you practice at it constantly, you may be able to get her going halfway decent at neck reining. No, she probably won't be great at it, but two handing her is definitely not going to take any blues home. The good news is that if she usually carries her head like she is in the picture, her headset should be ok.

As for the hackmore question, I'm going to quote AQHA (because that's what I show) on the matter: "Horses 5-years-old and younger may be shown in a snaffle bit, hackamore, curb bit, half-breed or spade bit. Horses 6-years-old and older may only be shown in a curb bit, half-breed or spade bit. Any horse of any age shown in any novice youth or novice amateur class may be shown two handed with a snaffle bit." (AQHA Handbook, pg 135) Generally speaking, I think you'd be better off showing her in a curb bit, if she is six or older.

Good luck!
commonfish is offline  
post #5 of 7 Old 03-21-2012, 11:04 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 490
• Horses: 0
It should be noted that when AQHA refers to a hackamore in regards to western performance events (not roping or speed events) it means a bosal with a mecate.
spurstop is offline  
post #6 of 7 Old 03-21-2012, 11:14 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: NC
Posts: 187
• Horses: 1
^ this, yes, forgot to mention that. You can however, use a mechanical hackamore in speed events (pg 136), but judges can disqualify entrants they feel are using a mouthpiece that is overly harsh.

Yes, I randomly have the rulebook handy to quote from... actually I had to check on something for myself, and since it was right there, I just checked on bitting requirements while I was at it.
commonfish is offline  
post #7 of 7 Old 03-22-2012, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 1,403
• Horses: 1
Oh there's not multiple classes(: Just those different divisions, each their own single class. I have to use a saddle (because it fits her) that is far to big for me – this will end up interestingly(:

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
– I love you, Mudpie!
mudpie is offline  
Reply

Tags
ffa , tips , western pleasure

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why does he look like this? Need answers! DustyDiamond Horse Nutrition 18 08-02-2011 08:21 PM
I might get a parakeet and would like some answers. lildonkey8 Other Pets 4 05-29-2011 04:00 PM
Answers to your questions! EquineLover Horse Talk 3 01-31-2011 12:04 AM
I need some answers... PaintedBrat Horse Riding Critique 7 12-13-2009 03:12 PM
Need Answers ASAP deineria Horse Health 15 10-26-2009 10:33 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome