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        01-20-2009, 01:41 AM
    Originally Posted by mlkarel2010    
    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.
    it is a commen misconseption that "holding onto" the chain is against the rules but it is infact allowed. It is just frowned upon.
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        01-20-2009, 08:44 AM
    Originally Posted by I Love Lane    
    it is a commen misconseption that "holding onto" the chain is against the rules but it is infact allowed. It is just frowned upon.

    Not 100% correct.....I know of at least one association I belong to that states in their rule book that holding on to the chain is not allowed.

    The best way to know for sure is to read the rule book for the association or group that is approving the show. Every group could be different so you want to make sure ahead of time so you are prepared.
        01-20-2009, 05:09 PM
    Green Broke
    Our 4-H rule book says that it is means for disqualification. I also think that is the same for AQHA and APHA shows, but I may have been misinformed about that
        01-20-2009, 06:18 PM
    This is a passage in BOTH the APHA and AQHA rule books (also reads the same in the australian conterparts):
    • tack should fit properly and be neat, clean and in good repair.
    • It is preferable that the exhibitorís hand not be on the
      snap or chain portion of the lead continuously.
    not trying to be smart or anything but this is how the rule reads for the paints and QH's so if you are at a breed show governed by those rules - you are most certainly allowed to put your hand on the chain - it is just "preferable" that it not stay there "continuously"

        01-20-2009, 08:46 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks for the info. I'm always open to learning more even if it means I get corrected ;)
        01-20-2009, 11:01 PM
    I wasnt trying to correct you - having your hand on the chain is NOT something that I am recommending that anyone do in a showmanship class but it is not something that you should get DQ'ed for unless you get a judge that does not know what the rules are and in that case who cares what they think if they don't know what the rules are BUT for 4H it may very well be against the rules, you would have to check.

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