I think I want to get into Trail, Western Pleasure, and maybe Halter and/or Showmanship classes at the fair. Definitely Trail class. I have a 21-year old Gaited Paso Fino gelding, and we've ridden Western together my whole life. He's 14.1-14.2hh, so on the border between a pony and a horse. Has a horse temperament. What classes do you think we should enter at the fair? How can I prepare for Trail class? I don't have a round pen, but I have lots of open fields and lush pastures to ride in. And we own lots of trails in the woods behind my house.
My one friend did Trail class at the fair once, and she said they spray your horse with a hose, make you walk over poles on the ground, go over wooden bridges, around cones, walk over a tarp, open a mailbox, walk through water, and open a gait.
To prepare, I have a jump frame with about 7 poles. I don't want Arthur to jump too high as he's 21 years old and has never jumped, but I could use the thicker poles as ground poles to walk over. I have tarps that Arthur (my horse) can walk over, hoses he's pretty good with but I'll spray him with them when good weather sets in again just to make sure, a few of those garden arches I can walk him under just to get him accustomed to strange objects, logs to jump over on the trails, dry ravines to jump and/or cross (he usually tries to jump these, and I always have to hold him back and make him walk across them lol), etc.
He was accustomed to the show atmosphere when my mom rode him in egg&spoon races, pole bending, dollar races, etc at a show about 15 years ago. (he won almost all of the events!) I don't have any ponds/lakes/rivers/shallow pools of water to ride him through, however. Our neighbors have a pond they'd be more than willing to let us try, but it has chemicals in it. What should I do about the water thing? And I don't have cones. Any ideas/suggestions to help us prepare? Greatly apprciated! Thanks=)
P.S-I'm 5.6, and Arthur is 14.1-14.2. The judge at the fair wouldn't consider me too big for him, would he?
Here's pics of the jump with rails (ignore the dog and miniature horse LOL):
Here's a few pics of Arthur and I:
^^Haha I look rily weird because I wasnt smiling. Yes, I know his bit looked too big there. I adjusted it since then