I have looked at youtube for videos but I can't really learn from them. I was wondering if anyone could draw some diagrams for a typical novice showmanship class and what a horse will be expected to do other than stop, walk, and trot in hand. Chains are required right? I would like to try a class but my horse tends to break gait every once in a while at the trot.
In this pattern posted by LauraB you would have to be ready at the first cone set up (with horses feet squared) and walk and trot as directed. You want to make sure that your horse is in line with the judge when you stop and set up. For inspection the judge will walk around your horse and you have to move from one side of the horse to the other. Videos on youtube will help you see this.
When you do the 270 and when you set up the horses right hind foot should not move. Make sure to 'check' or glance at the judge while walking away at end of pattern.
Even though almost everyone uses a chain it is not required.
Here is a quote from the APHA Rule Book 2. A clean well fitting halter with an appropriate lead is required.
Here are two quotes from the AQHA Rule Book •tack should fit properly and be neat, clean and in good repair.
It is preferable that the exhibitor’s hand not be on the snap or chain portion of the lead continuously.
A snap is directly in AQHA's wording. If you don't want to use a chain you will need to find a leather lead shank with chicago screws in it so you can remove the chain and replace it with a swivel snap. I had a friend that showed for years without a chain because her mare wouldn't tolerate it, she always did very well and earned many showmanship awards at breed shows.
One girl in 4h at the one show got dqed for not useing a chain.
4H judges aren't always completely correct. At my show people used the chains all differently. Usually they loop it through the bottom D and then attach it to the lead again. And I lost to a girl who held onto the chain the whole time! That's a huge no no.