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post #1 of 5 Old 02-05-2014, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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a whole bunch of questions and advice needed! :)

Hi guys, I JUST found this forum and have been having a good time reading through older posts, Here's my situation:

I have been riding and showing since I was a kid, I did speed stuff, Arab shows, open, stock horse shows, then trained/showed reiners for years, got burned out and ranch rode out west/had a couple kids, now I'm wanting to get back into this and a LOT has changed!!!

I would like to take my young reiners to some open and maybe AQHA or buckskin or foundation shows and show halter, pleasure, horsemanship, trail as well. help get them broker and exposed and just have FUN!

1- Will they take me seriously as I ride in on a 14hh full maned little horse without any silver or bling?
2- WHAT do I do with all that mane?!
3- Where can I brush up on current trends in training (last time I showed pleasure the horses were almost peanut rolling still and they loped with their hip in the whole way to slow down. I'm guessing a lot has changed there!). I am a member of giddyupflix but can't find much on training the pleasure horse that's not from 15+ years ago.
4- I'm embarrassed to admit but I haven't shown a rail class in so long I can't even remember basic etiquette. silly things like how to reverse, what to do in a large class, how to show in the showmanship/halter... are there any good resources on all this? a book or video to give me a good overview...?
5- Any pointers on slowing down a lope on a reiner so I can still run a pattern and then do a rail class? Is it ok if they go more bridled up than flat?
6- What are snafflebit horses showing in for a headstall lately? 2 ear? futurity brow?
7- Any good references for training for trail classes/obstacles?

THANK YOU in advance!! :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-05-2014, 04:51 PM
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Visit some of the shows you are considering and just watch, before you ever bring your horse. See what's winning & what's not, decide where your horses fall in that spectrum and whether you think you'll feel comfortable in that environment. I've seen Local/Open shows that are super low key and some that are as glitzed up as national level breed shows. If you see horses or riders you're impressed by, ask who they train with and consider a few lessons for a brush up - some recently updated knowledge will have both you and your horse more relaxed if you do choose to show.

YouTube is good for inspiration from watching high-level shows - search whatever classes you are interested in, like 2013 Congress Amateur Western Pleasure, APHA World Novice Showmanship, Arabian Nationals Aged Halter Mares, Junior Trail, etc.

Showing has become more intense in the last 15 years, IMO (spoken as a spectator, currently.) Meaning there is dramatically more fine-tuning required to win. Showmanship & Trail patterns, for instance, have become incredibly intricate, yet the best horses and riders can still make it look effortless!
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Thank You, Cynical25, great idea, I will check out youtube to see what I'm in for! :)
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I would just go out there and show in the best tack I have, and see what kind of scores you get. Then go from there. I would also show on the rail the best you can. "When in Rome" does not apply in my opinion, because I think some of that ridiculousness I see in the arena needs to change, but the judge can only pick from what is in front of him or her.

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If you are going to present a more "ranch horse" type, then do it all the way through. Leave the mane long, unbanded, but brushed and presentable. Clean up your prettiest reining saddle and buy a traditional patterned saddle pad. Wear a plain white button up, appropriate hat, and chaps. Keep them collected and cadenced in the pen, but don't force them to do something yucky with their gaits.

AQHA shows will offer ranch horse pleasure which is probably a better class for you, because it combines the western pleasure/horsemanship with a ranch horse feel. No banding, no glitz, no weird gaits. Otherwise at an open show just present as a ranch horse. You will probably be surprised at how well you do.

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