I recently transitioned my mare to Western and she's been doing excellent. I don't have a good lope from her yet, so I will be starting with only W/T (jog) classes.
ANYTHING... no matter how small or trivial you can tell me, pointers, necessities, etc would be very appreciated.
I need to know the essentials / very basics, that I need to buy for the show. This will be an ApHC sponsered show.
Clothing suggestions / preferences -- places you buy?
My mares tack choices? We don't have equipment that is all blinged out with silver, but we could probably borrow something.
Bits that I can't use in the show? (I've tried a few different bits and she responds well to many, I'm still trying to find her perfect fit).
I'm adamant about wearing a helmet -- I've had a serious accident and I just feel safer. Those who have shown in adult western, do you feel that the majorities of judges will mark me down in this?
Bailee is a 5 yr old registered Bay Roan with a white blanket Appaloosa. She was trained English, has done Western for fun several times, but has been doing Western only for about a month.
I'm 34, and have been riding for 25 years. I've always shown English/Hunter, but have switched disiplines and am really enjoying Western.
Thanks for any and all info! :)