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!! :)