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    07-15-2009, 06:14 PM
Halter showing

It was mentioned at the barn that Paul was trained at and is currently boarded at that he would be great for halter showing. I know all about cutting (his specialty) and other western shows but nothing about halter showing.

What does it involve both for myself and Paul? I think he has excellent confirmation (thanks to dad and great grand-dad). Just curious. Thanks.
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    07-15-2009, 07:19 PM
In halter you have to walk to the judge and then trot around a cone. After that you have to line up head to tail and set your horse up. The judge will then inspect the horses individually. They are judged on their conformation and movement.
    07-16-2009, 09:55 AM
You walk and trot your horse through a small pattern. Generally you go straight through the pattern and it will tell you where to line your horse up at. Once you get to that line you make sure your horses feet are all squared up. In a halter class you can do this by hand if you need to but it is even better if your horse is trained to do it by halter pressure of verbally. Then you just stand there with your toes pointed toward your horses hooves waiting for the class to be over. The judge will watch carefully and place the class based on breed and sex characteristics, balance, muscling, movements, and how structurally sound they are. It is really a simple class and boring in my opinion but the class just depends mostly on your horse.
    07-16-2009, 10:06 AM
It's kind of like a modeling show for Paul! I think it's a great way to build and strengthen your bond with him. He's such a good lookin' guy.
    07-16-2009, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the info. I thought this would a good place to start when showing. I ride like a sack of pototoes in the saddle so I know I won't win anything with western pleasure until I have more hours in the saddle.
    07-17-2009, 09:33 AM
Some things to remember before showing:

-Have a halter that fits your horse. For an open show it doesn't have to have silver but needs to be leather or dark colored nylon. It does need to fit though. It shouldn't hang half way down his nose.
-Have a lead with a chain and run the chain underneath the horses chin and clip it in the rin near the crown piece. Having this under his chin will not hurt him, but it will polish up the appearance. If you run the chain over the nose it will change the fit of the halter.
-Clip him. Ears, eyes, bridle path, nose, underneath his chin and jaws. Also clip the white markings on his feet and around his coronet bands.
-Make sure that he his fit and clean. Riding him a lot should keep him fit and that will help the picture that the judge sees. Put baby oil on his nose, eyes, and his ears this will draw attention them under show lights. I will also take a little bit and put it on their bridle paths, it keeps it from looking flaky. Also, put baby powder or French White (chalk) on his white feet and any white markings on his face. Make sure that his tail is clean and free of shavings and band his mane. Even if you want to keep his mane long, it needs to be banded so that the judge can see a very clear view of his top line.

Anyway, sorry that I wrote a book, but this is definitely something I know about. :)
Good luck and more importantly, have fun!
    07-17-2009, 09:36 AM
This is my old halter horse, Tai.
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