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post #1 of 5 Old 08-11-2014, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Schooling Show Critique

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I took my gelding to a schooling show yesterday and did four walk/trot classes with him, since I have a bit of a phobia of showing and need to get over it, lol. :) I was the only one in my classes so the judge asked me to canter if I wanted to, so I did for the sake of conquering my fear. Please critique me and my horse, I would love all the advice that I can get so that I can improve!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2014, 09:10 PM
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Good for you! My first show with a new horse I actually held on to the front of the saddle (and it was English, mind you) the entire time cantering. Looks like this went well!
The good:
-You are looking up and where you want to go!
-You have very good legs, and are sitting very nicely in the saddle (though the first one looks funky to me...were you posting the trot or anything? It just seems like you're standing up or some how raised up. That's the only photo I see it in.)
-Your horse looks fantastic! Especially that trot!
- HELMET!! YAY!!

Work on:
The big thing is that you do look nervous. In the first and third photo, you look to be bracing on your hands, as a result it looks like you are pulling on the horse's mouth. In the third photo, you look really tense. I think once you get used to showing (if you continue to) all of these problems will go away.

Some things to consider if you plan on showing more, past schooling shows:
- Your horse's bit and the way you hold your reins. If the horse is over the age of 5, you can't use that bit. You would have to switch to a curb bit and teach the horse to neck rein; when you show, you only can use one hand if the horse is over that age. (Unless of course you switch to English!) If you're interested in learning to neck rein, people on the forum (myself included!) would be more than willing to give you the basics.
- Look into a pad more suitable for showing. For what you're doing here, what you guys are wearing is great. But if you were to do a bigger show, you may want to look into something else. Just a plain black pad will do; it doesn't need to be fancy, but it helps smooth out the overall picture.

I don't want to stress you out with the tack issues, especially if you are just sticking to schooling shows you are doing great!! Just some insight. :)
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Thank you so much! I was quite nervous, and I kept holding my breath, so I'll work on that. :) I was just about to rise for a post in the first picture, so that's probably why it looked funky. Thanks for pointing out the bit and tack issues! I really had no idea what I was supposed to ride in, so I just rode in what I had after I cleaned it really well. What kind of curb bit should I look for? My gelding neck reins quite well, but I use the snaffle (He neck reins with a loose rein, so I'm not pulling on the snaffle when I do so). I'll have to work on my hands before I ride him in a curb though. :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-14-2014, 12:16 AM
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I really like your heel and leg. I agree with the other poster in that you look a bit nervous, your hands look tense and too low. You're looking up very nicely and I love your horse!

I still get nervous when I show, but you just have to keep at it. Go to all you can, and don't worry about placing. Take your time, relax, have fun, and try to learn something each time!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-16-2014, 12:46 AM
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What kind of curb bit should I look for? My gelding neck reins quite well, but I use the snaffle (He neck reins with a loose rein, so I'm not pulling on the snaffle when I do so). I'll have to work on my hands before I ride him in a curb though. :)
Has he been trained/ridden by someone else who neck reined? It only matters in choosing bits. If he has only neck reined in a snaffle (which, that in itself is impressive!), you're going to want to transition to either a Tom Thumb or an Argentine snaffle. There's a blog post about those here that explain them very well:

A Bit About Bits: Tom Thumbs and Argentine Snaffles

After using that for a while (if you ride almost every day, 2 weeks would do fine...you may want to borrow a bit if you go this route so you don't have to buy a bit to only use for a few weeks), or if he's been neck reined in a curb before, you can upgrade to something like this:
Westen SS Low Port Curb Bit - Statelinetack.com

I would try to find something with a medium port (the port is the "hump" in the middle of the bit, which gives room for the tongue).

For both the Tom Thumb/Argentine bit and the curb bit, you will need to also get a curb chain like this:
Western Double Chain Curb Strap - Statelinetack.com

There's a lot of variations in curb chains. A lot of the cheaper ones aren't chains, but just a strap of nylon. The more expensive ones are a solid leather piece. It doesn't matter too much what kind you get. But you need one in order for the leverage to work! Otherwise the bit is essentially useless.
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