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    12-16-2009, 03:47 PM
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Training a horse for halter

I really want to show next season, just schooling. But all I have is a weanling and a mare who isnt show sound.

So I was thinking halter class for the little guy. He'll be a yearling in march. I was going to do english (thats what I ride) but I think you need to bridle your horse for english in hand classes. My friend suggested a western halter class. I really don't want to bit up my little guy just yet so halter is more appealing.

I've searched the threads, found some old stuff but nothing to indepth.
So what the heck do I need to do to get ready?
As far as training the horse?
Atire (Do I need to wear western clothes)?
I also know nothing about western show atire
Grooming?

I have like 5 months to get ready but since the little guy needs alot of halter training I want to start soon.
     
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    12-16-2009, 07:54 PM
  #2
Green Broke
He needs flawless ground manners.
He needs to be able to-
-turn on the forehand
-turn his rear
-square up without you having to physically touching him
-remain calm around other horses
-be used to a stranger walking all the way around him and possibly touching him
-be led at a calm pace, without lagging behind or charging ahead or leaning on you
-back without having to be tugged on or pushed
- maintain a proper headset while in the ring
-stand quietly and not fidget
- It wouldn't be a bad idea to teach him to ground tie either.
(In other words he should be the picture of calm, well trained, and respectful.)

He should also be groomed immaculately, clipped, trimmed, banded or pulled, and have well trimmed feet. If he has a thin or scraggly tail you will want to braid and band it, then trim off the split ends and possibly invest in a high quality fake tail extension if it is still puny. He needs to be well muscled and conditioned with lots of gymnastics and hill work.

There is tons more I am sure but that is what I can think of right now.
     
    12-16-2009, 09:45 PM
  #3
Yearling
Just to add on to HoneySuga, the judge may sometimes request to see your horse's teeth. Especially if you're in open halter or a class without a specific age designation. Make sure you can your weanling will let you open his lips. I perfected everything else but I got in the ring and totally forgot that the judge might want to see his teeth.
     
    12-16-2009, 10:08 PM
  #4
Weanling
Actually, I think honeysuga is thinking of Showmanship.


For halter all you need is a good looking horse. To show in halter (and until my guy was 3 years old that's what we did. He took grand champion AQHA, too.) you can wear jeans and a long sleeve button down as long as they look nice. You do not have to buy a showmanship-style outfit.

Your horse should have his ears clipped, no whiskers, nice feet. I'm not a fan of tail extensions in halter horses, but some do so.

The horse basically needs to be able to stand square. You can physically put him in that position. Then he just needs to stand there while the judge checks him out.

When you walk in, you will walk in a straight line and as you pass the judge he should go into a trot. Then you line up and square him up and just wait. In halter you can touch your horse. Of course, the minimal touching the better. But since he's young I wouldn't even worry about it.

DO NOT BRAID HIS TAIL. His tail should be natural.

You can polish his hooves with a clear polish and shine up around his eyes and mouth. I usually use Pepi spray for a nice shine on Java.

A leather halter should be used. It is up to you to get one with silver. MAKE SURE it fits very well.

It's really easy. Honestly though, in a halter class a horse could be a spazz and not that cleaned up. But if that horse has a great build then they're going to place first in the class anyways.

In halter you should try to make your horse look as close to perfect conformation for their breed as possible.
     
    12-16-2009, 11:18 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Sixxofdiamonds    
Actually, I think honeysuga is thinking of Showmanship.

For halter all you need is a good looking horse.

Your horse should have his ears clipped, no whiskers, nice feet. I'm not a fan of tail extensions in halter horses, but some do so.

The horse basically needs to be able to stand square. You can physically put him in that position. Then he just needs to stand there while the judge checks him out.

When you walk in, you will walk in a straight line and as you pass the judge he should go into a trot. Then you line up and square him up and just wait. In halter you can touch your horse. Of course, the minimal touching the better. But since he's young I wouldn't even worry about it.

DO NOT BRAID HIS TAIL. His tail should be natural.

You can polish his hooves with a clear polish and shine up around his eyes and mouth. I usually use Pepi spray for a nice shine on Java.

A leather halter should be used. It is up to you to get one with silver. MAKE SURE it fits very well.

It's really easy. Honestly though, in a halter class a horse could be a spazz and not that cleaned up. But if that horse has a great build then they're going to place first in the class anyways.

In halter you should try to make your horse look as close to perfect conformation for their breed as possible.
No, I'm talking halter. Everything I posted helps with a halter horse. The being able to turn on the fore and hind helps you look smoother and more put together as you go about your class, also helps him develop his muscles.

Yes you CAN manually square him, but it looks nicer when he does it himself, looks more prepared.

I don't know if the caps about the tail was meant toward what I posted but I meant keep it braided between shows to prevent a mangled tail and to keep it clean and neat.

And any self respecting show participant does want a perfectly mannered, immaculate horse in the ring, not a spazz or a dirty horse. A well trained horse is quiet and allows the judge to focus on his job, not the ill trained gelding throwing a fit and calling to his buddy on the other end of the pen. The horse is meant to showcase the breeds best qualities, those qualities are best seen when not fuzzy and covered in dust.
     
    12-17-2009, 10:39 AM
  #6
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I read an aqha Q/A. All the horse has to do is walk and trot (well jog as they call it). You can position the horse yourself. For my show its just schooling so a nice shirt and pants are fine. You don't need a suit. They don't like overly muscular horses, over overly thin either.

I found a friend of a friend who does it every year so she's going to come over and help me. She's even going to let me borrow a shirt so I don't have to buy one
     
    12-17-2009, 10:42 AM
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Any suggestions for haltes? I was thinking just leather. I don't wanna buy a fancy silver one just yet, he's still growing. He's a red chestnut (not a deep red, like a brown red) what color does everyone suggest.
     
    12-17-2009, 12:00 PM
  #8
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Honeysuga    
No, I'm talking halter. Everything I posted helps with a halter horse. The being able to turn on the fore and hind helps you look smoother and more put together as you go about your class, also helps him develop his muscles.
I agree that it helps, but since he's a weanling I don't expect her to master all of that before entering a halter class.

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Yes you CAN manually square him, but it looks nicer when he does it himself, looks more prepared.
I think we're in agreement on this.

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I don't know if the caps about the tail was meant toward what I posted but I meant keep it braided between shows to prevent a mangled tail and to keep it clean and neat.
Yes, it was meant towards what you posted. From the sounds of it I thought you meant she should braid the tail for the class, haha!

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And any self respecting show participant does want a perfectly mannered, immaculate horse in the ring, not a spazz or a dirty horse. A well trained horse is quiet and allows the judge to focus on his job, not the ill trained gelding throwing a fit and calling to his buddy on the other end of the pen. The horse is meant to showcase the breeds best qualities, those qualities are best seen when not fuzzy and covered in dust.[/quote]

I agree. I'm just saying that you don't have to be dressed in a $1,000 showmanship outfit, have your horse body-clipped and in a silver and leather halter to win a halter class. As long as the OP presents her horse and herself to the best of their ability then that is fine.

I don't think it's necessary to learn to pivot on the haunches and forehand is necessary. I have never had to do so in any halter class. Occasionally I would back a horse up if the horse standing in front of us was spazzing out, but I never employed pivots unless it was in a showmanship pattern.

There are plenty of things a halter horse should be able to do when they are a true halter horse. However, since the OP was questioning how to begin in halter with a weanling in a schooling show, I explained what she needed to know only.

And yes, Sillybunny, for a weanling a plain leather halter is perfectly acceptable. No need for silver, but try to stay away from nylon. :)
     
    12-17-2009, 03:55 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Gotcha, I see what you are saying about everything not being necessary. I just menat they are good excersizes for suppling and such that would be of benefit a halter hores in general, I tried to edit but it was too late...
     
    12-17-2009, 07:21 PM
  #10
Yearling
I think pivots and being able to turns on the haunches and forehand are great skills for a halter horse. If say your horse suddenly moved his butt out, your horse wouldn't be straight. If your horse knew how to move his butt back across without moving his shoulders it makes you look more professional and doesn't disrupt the line up that much.

And even if he's not a professional halter horse, he should know how to pivot. Its basic education and manners :)
     

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