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post #1 of 4 Old 10-24-2011, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Wink Trail classes?

so i would like to show my QH Gelding, hes 13 years old, 16hh big brown and has the headset for one. i love this horse so much and would love to show him while im showing my younger two horses. the other two will be game horses. but i was wondering if you have to canter in the classes? if i use spurs he gets upsets and most of the time bucks... he does get sore in his back left leg but im getting him MSM from smartpaks so i can take him trail riding. i was wondering what you do in trail classes also like from a open show to a QH world show? hes pretty much bomb proof and we get along great but he also is a little arena sour... we tryed barrle racing and he never wanted to go in and it was dangerus for both of us he would try to ram my leg on the gate and he wouldnt come out after we were done.... and when we did he never wanted out of the corner of the arena...

anyways if you could give me some ideas on what to espect at shows adn what i should get him use to that would help.

he will cross water, over bridges, doesnt mind things going on around him, backs nice, working on pivot (but his leg prevents alot of short quick turns or spinning on his leg.) any other things we should work on? what kind of gates are there? also how to get a canter without the attitudfe for the stubbren horses out there? and arena sour horses?
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Open show perspective;

You will sometimes have to canter. Every course is different, so it's not gauranteed, but usually they'll have you canter over a pole or two, or canter to point A to point B, etc.
The gates can be rope, or it can be a regular mini version of a hinged gate.
What they want is just a quiet, clean ride, smooth transitions, and the pattern done correctly.
They knock points if you: Hit a pole
Step out of box or L.
Bump into anything like a gate or barrel.
And if you totally miss an obstacle, it'll just be a zero on that particular obstacle.

You asked about the difference from local to world level.
This you would find local-open level.


You'll want to get a solid sidepass out of him, if he doesn't already do that, and make sure he's quiet over poles.

It really is a super fun class. It's kind of one you can just relax on, and just do your best at.

"You're just as sane as I am."~Luna Lovegood.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-28-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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i see in the open one her horses head kept coming up, is that okay? or does it have to stay low? i mean my QH keeps his low but sometime when hes fusterated or upset he will rise it. also do you have to have Special clothes? and or tack? bits?
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