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    07-02-2010, 11:29 AM
  #21
Yearling
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.
     
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    07-02-2010, 11:40 AM
  #22
Weanling
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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.
     
    07-02-2010, 12:22 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by sorelhorse    
Always band, or braid for english...
In my barn, we band for Western and English.
     
    07-02-2010, 12:27 PM
  #24
Foal
My trainer has quite a few horses who need daily grooming, and for the life of me I couldn't understand how she kept her paint horses so shiny, especially in the white area, until she showed me her little toy.



She vacuums her horses. And they don't mind. If you have a pretty sound horse, you should try it.
     
    07-02-2010, 12:47 PM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SavvyHill    
My trainer has quite a few horses who need daily grooming, and for the life of me I couldn't understand how she kept her paint horses so shiny, especially in the white area, until she showed me her little toy.



She vacuums her horses. And they don't mind. If you have a pretty sound horse, you should try it.
haha I've heard of those vacuums. Only probblem would be some horses might be scared of it. Makes life a whole lot easier though! Haha
     
    07-02-2010, 12:53 PM
  #26
Foal
I didn't expect to find the same model my trainer has, but viola! There it is! And she can vacuum her yearling with no trouble. I'm sure it's a scary thing at first, but it just takes getting used to. Like anything with horses.
     
    07-02-2010, 01:46 PM
  #27
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SavvyHill    
In my barn, we band for Western and English.
I'm noticing that most pictures look like the horses are banded here too. I'll definitely try to sneak over at the fair this year and watch. I know I'll be doing 90% of the banding if it has to be done because she's so young and in comparison to the horse, pretty small, so if I have to, I'll need some time to practice. I'm not sure how, but the paint my daughter is going to try stays quite white, even though he loves to play in the slough. He does wear a sheet all winter, not for the warmth, but to help keep his white clean, so that helps. He's also accustomed to the hose so I'm not worried about him panicing to be washed. He doesn't panic about anything but one neighbor's truck starting (it is pretty hidious sounding). He can even handle crossing a ditch that is belly deep with water without any issues. He's got a little more go than the horse she's used to, but he can handle any amount of pressure you put on him, and seems to handle everything quite well. He's known for checking everything out on a trail ride, but never spooks. I'm both excited for her and nervous because he usually reserved advanced riders. I have total faith in her instructor though, and if she thinks my daughter is ready I trust her.

There is one arena around here that hosts shows, and she specializes in paints, but her website is down and I can't find any dates of upcoming shows. To the best of my knowledge there aren't too many other arenas around that host shows right now.
     

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