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    01-06-2009, 01:14 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Idk if this was already said but if you make a mistake LOOK like you meant to do it, like you did it correct, like your going to win this class, bluff everything you do. If you make a mistake (which I tend to do alot) and you make it look like you meant to do it, like you know what your doing, you have a very good chance of doing better then you thought.
     
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    01-06-2009, 03:04 PM
  #12
Weanling
Kind of Like waht delete said just act like your horse is the most perfect horse and never does anything wrong and if you make a mistake act like it was part of the pattern.

I don't know if anyone put this but I am sorry in advance if someone already did, but in the jog walk and stop make it clean and straight. Haunch turns they your horse needs to stick them and also for hand turns and some judges like a little bit of forward movement.

As long as you have a really clean pattern and know how to do your quartering correctly and it is clean and precise also you should do good!
     
    01-09-2009, 05:12 PM
  #13
Started
PRESENTATION, presentation, presentation.
Smile.
Smile.
Smile.
Synchronization and appearance mean a lot!
     
    01-09-2009, 06:32 PM
  #14
Foal
The person I work with for Showmanship "always" tells me present your horse like its the best horse in the world and make that idea SHOW!.. make your moves sharp...
     
    01-13-2009, 02:08 PM
  #15
Foal
Great tips, but remember your horse better be spotless. It better be shining from head to toe. My daughter does showmanship with her morgan. The judge at one of our shows had a white glove on and rubbed the horses neck then checked the glove. She also ran her fingers through the tail so it better be brushed out very, very good. I don't know if this is common or not but at our breed shows the judge also asks a question. My daughter one time was asked what laminitis was. Also at our breed shows the judge can set any pattern they want. They just post the pattern an hour before the class, so in every class there is a different pattern.
     
    01-13-2009, 02:20 PM
  #16
Yearling
Ah used to be my favorite when I was in 4 H all great advice here. One thing not sure it was mentioned, never stand between the judge and your horse. Make sure to move out of the judges way as they come around and inspect you two.

Also the biggest thing is don't stress!!! I was up for grand champ showmanship class when I was about 12 or so. I was so excited I could not eat or sleep and spent the majority of the class trying hard not to throw up. I came in second, the biggest disappointment of my life!! So enjoy smile and don't stress!!
     
    01-18-2009, 01:08 PM
  #17
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sullivan17    
The person I work with for Showmanship "always" tells me present your horse like its the best horse in the world and make that idea SHOW!.. make your moves sharp...
Excellent advice. You need to act the part of the class winner every minute you are in view of the judge(s). The confidence you project will dramatically improve the overall quality of your pattern.

I Love Lane also had great advice. You can never practice enough. My trainer once told me a good showmanship horse has been asked to set up correctly 1000 times before s/he ever sets foot in a class and great one has done it 100,000 times. I practice set ups every time I groom. I put the chain on the horse, stand him/her up and get to work. Every time they, move, I set them up again until they associate the chain on the halter with standing square. 99 times out of 100, my retired show mare will stop totally square if you have a chain under her chin.
     
    01-18-2009, 07:40 PM
  #18
Foal
I agree with everyone but what helps me is to be natural don't look like those people that plaster a fake smile on them, make is look like you are enjoying it.
     
    01-20-2009, 01:14 AM
  #19
Weanling
Thanks PinkHorse :)
     

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