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.
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.
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!
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. :)