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    04-18-2009, 07:57 PM
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Hi everyone.
I'm going to be showing for the first time on the gelding I am leasing. His name is Neo and he is a palomino (:
We're planning on showing in Western Pleasure competitions. We also may be doing a bit of halter class showing as well. Does anyone have any suggestions or advice before we head into the show ring? Again, I am a first time shower and I don't know what to prepare for/look for!

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    04-20-2009, 09:44 PM
Have you practiced showing?
Have you watched a show before?

Halter Class make sure you look confident, know what you're doing and you are presenting you're horse with style. Make sure you are always! Looking at the judge.
For western pleasure make sure you have those low speed gaits downpat. Make sure you're relaxed and always in the right gait.
For all classes keep you're head up and looking where you're going, show that you have pride in the horse you're showing and SMILE!! Make sure everything fits proper and you're using the right bit for the age of the horse. Clean you're saddle and maybe bath the horse if that's possible.
Just remember as a first time shower don't get too competitive. Set a goal and go for it, don't make those goals too extreme, you want to come out of the class with a true smile. You want to be proud of you and the horse and not fustrated.
Good luck I hope you have fun!!!
    04-28-2009, 06:23 PM
I also think that you should go watch some shows before you show yourself. Watching one will help you become more mentally prepared. I would make sure you put in a lot of riding time before the show. Also make sure you band your horses mane and everything is neat and clean. This will give the judge a good first impression.
    05-29-2009, 01:57 PM
I definitely agree that you should go see a show before you decide to ride in one. That's what I did before I started showing and it really helped. You can see exactly what is expected of you and an added bonus is that you can look at the winning horses and see what they're doing to influence the judges' opinions. Make sure your horse and tack are clean and shiny. Make sure you don't cut off any horses on the rail and when the judges ask for a change of gait, do it as quickly as possible. Most of all, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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