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    06-21-2010, 08:47 PM
Easy-Gaited Western Pleasure headset?

My Paso Fino gelding and I will be showing at fair this summer in Trail and Easy-Gaited Western Pleasure. He does the TWH gait, the Fino, and a fox trot....I'm wondering about headset. Most WP horses have very low headsets and very loose reins, but gaited horses are usually shown with the head erect and and some contact on the bit, but not much. Which should I be using with my gelding? He'll do his gaits with any headset or rein length, but what will help him the most, and which are judges going to be looking for? Thanks,

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    06-21-2010, 10:01 PM
In trail, do a relaxed headset. In easy-gaited, do more of a 'gaited' headset. By 'TWH Gait' do you mean flat-walk or running walk? If he does the flat-walk, be prepared to use that in lieu of your normal walk. I am showing a TWH this summer, and I am told to not do the normal walk at all.
    06-21-2010, 11:22 PM
He does a bunch of really weird gaits, but I think I'll have him do whatever walk he does, which isn't the TWH walk but it's....idk I'll try to get a video tomorrow. Then he does a Fino and a fox trot, and a TWH gait I don't know which. He usually does the TWH gait at the speed of his fox trot, and when I ask him for the trot from the ground, or when we're "trotting" bareback down a hill. Usually not under saddle. I know the fino will probably be liked better by judges, but I can't always get that gait from him.....
    06-21-2010, 11:38 PM
Could it be a rack? That can sometimes be bouncy.

Remember that it's just a fair show, and the judge might not be super picky. Anything with a head-bob and ear flop would likely be preferred.
    06-22-2010, 12:18 AM
I don't think it's a rack; the legs look straight and move in lateral pairs. I know I'm probably being worried over nothing lol.
    06-22-2010, 12:43 AM
You going to an open show or a breed show?
    06-22-2010, 12:59 AM
It's the county fair, I'm 13 so I have to show under a 4-H group. So it's basically open.
    06-23-2010, 11:52 AM
Hmm. I would probablt go with the head up. Unless you see some serious western pleasure. I wouldnt know though, I've never been to a county fair:(
    06-23-2010, 12:54 PM
Wow, oops! Total mistake. It's an Easy-Gaited Pleasure Horse class. So I don't think it's WP. I'm going with head up then.....if it's just a pleasure horse class, how fast/slow should the canter be? He doesn't really canter very slowly....going to have to train him to canter slower. Any tips?
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    06-29-2010, 11:04 AM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I don't think it's a rack; the legs look straight and move in lateral pairs. I know I'm probably being worried over nothing lol.
That's a pace. Bumpy, awkward, and ugly to watch. I would discourage it, especially in the show ring : ]

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