Originally Posted by draftrider
Good Gaming horses generally have to be very well trained.
Well check out videos of winners at APHA/AQHA shows and pictures and see what they look like. I think that your daughter would have some wiggle room if mom messed up a bit! Isn't there a handbook? I know in 4H when I was a kid we had flipping handbooks for EVERYTHING.
Who said they were good gaming horses
? Truthfully, a lot of the big barns around here aren't kept in the best condition, or I have no idea of knowing who or how to contact the owner. I'm not real keen on just walking onto someone's property without contacting them first.
I printed out the 40ish page handbook for horse 4-H. It explains all the requirements for all the classes, including grooming rules which says "according to the breed." APHA's handbook was 300 pages and I'm not printing that out!
We might be changing horses for her. The one her instructor wants her to try out is also a paint, but the idea of changing is pretty exciting...This horse won't have to learn new things, but he can teach my daughter the new things she needs to learn. The only scary part is that he's 15.2 hh and my daughter is 8! She'll look stunning on this horse though!
I will look on youtube for videos and look for pictures. I kind of hope we don't have to pull the mane because he's got an amazingly full mane right now. He's stunning.