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    06-23-2010, 10:36 AM
Find yourself a copy of Groom to Win.
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    06-23-2010, 10:40 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Find yourself a copy of Groom to Win.

Thank you. I kow with dog 4-H we expect the kids to learn their breed standard and understand it...it's been a piece of cake for me to help my daughter because we have labradors, and have for quite some time...I know that breed. I'm assuming that it'll be similar because the 4-H rules say "according to the breed", I just don't know enough about this breed. When I looked at apha.com(org) I can't remember, it was overwhelming because the book was 300+ pages and I didn't know where to start. I'll look for that book.
    06-23-2010, 11:31 AM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Please do not cut your horses mane even.

If it requires shortening please pull it. Cutting is a serious no-no.

for paints, everybody cuts-you don't have to, its just the "style" its not as hard as it sounds, just take some times to do it and be careful!
    06-23-2010, 12:07 PM
Originally Posted by sorelhorse    
for paints, everybody cuts-you don't have to, its just the "style" its not as hard as it sounds, just take some times to do it and be careful!
Really? The people I know that show paints do not cut.

Fowl, Groom to win is a general grooming book. It certainly will give you ideas on far more variables than you will need. But, it can not hurt.

Is there a breed show any where near you in the future? Maybe stop and watch for a bit.
    06-23-2010, 12:10 PM
I meant pulled mane and cut tail.
I don't personally cut manes, but pulling is another and somewhat easier option. And if you do cut, don't just start hacking it off,
    06-23-2010, 03:56 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Is there a breed show any where near you in the future? Maybe stop and watch for a bit.
I will look into it. She had another amazing ride on him today so she's flying high right now.
    06-23-2010, 06:19 PM
If you can, go watch a 4H show in your area. That will give you the best idea of what the "norm" is for where you live. At a bare minimum, the horse should be clean, brushed, feet trimmed, and whiskers and bridle path clipped. To clip the bridle path, start between the ears and clip back to the point where the tip of the horse's ear reaches when you lay it straight back.
The 4H shows around here are very big (20 to 30 in each class) and I am seeing more and more people leaving the manes long and unbanded for shows. However, we do have a lot of riders who show their Halter / Showmanship horses in performance events like reining, so that may contribute to the long mane being acceptable.
    06-23-2010, 06:46 PM
Also it is good to practice/fool around with the grooming, clipping etc way in advanced to showing if you can, that way when you get to showing you will be completely ready for it. Just make sure its enough in advanced that any mistakes will grow back and that the owner is OK with it. I know the first few times I trimmed my mares face, did her bridle path, and her legs it wasn't very good.
    07-02-2010, 03:26 AM
Is there a Paint breeder or QH breeder near by that shows that would mentor your daughter?
    07-02-2010, 10:35 AM
Originally Posted by draftrider    
Is there a Paint breeder or QH breeder near by that shows that would mentor your daughter?

Her instructor specializes in paints, but she hasn't shown them in a long time. She trains them for a combo of WP, reining and trail. I believe there is one APHA breeder that I know shows her horses around here but she's hard to track down. We will start practice at her arena in October. Her 4-H leader has AQHA, and a gal that I work with shows AQHA, but she's a 4-H leader also and there is just 5 weeks before fair, then one month to state fair so they're really busy right now with their current members. I don't doubt that I will have someone to tell me what to do in October, I'm just impatient and want to know now. A lot of the "ranches" around here are nothing special, or just breed and don't do anything with them, or they breed them for gaming which means they don't completely train them or show them, they just let them go fast.

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