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post #11 of 11 Old 11-24-2019, 06:49 PM
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Is it possible/good/bad for the horse to do a Low Hunter Class, English Equitation Class, English Pleasure, then a Trail Class, a Reining class, Western Pleasure, Western Equitation, and then Single Stake? I want to do a lot, but don't want to tire the horse.

I'm used to keeping the horse on the bit, I know that's not what you do western. How do I fix that?
8 classes total under saddle, 1 over fences...
The horse needs to be physically fit, mentally fit and able to take the atmosphere of a show and busy, busy.
All of those classes can be w/t or w/t/c...
Where it is going to take a lot more on the horse and your properly preparing is when you go for technical classes like reining...you need to be able to do a pattern and many parts that can be challenging to the horse physically..
You so far don't know physically what the horse you will be assigned is capable of doing...
Till you learn your horses abilities...slow down.
You could also lease a horse who is fantastic at home and a basket case, horrible in a show busy atmosphere.
I would strongly suggest you first get a horse, learn to ride and trust that horse and their responsiveness to you, put some training, real training & conditioning on the horse and then, only then go to a show and try 1 class, 2 at most and see what it is you sit on.
The truth of the animal will come out pretty quick...
The barn may be pretty laid back but you also need to be reasonable about your expectations in what sounds a very short period of time you want to do, do, and more do...

4H shows by me are stiff competition...the kids practice and know their stuff.
No walk in the park easy...these shows are as tough as recognized, rated shows with animals and riders turnout matching that expectation.
Do you have a 4H club you ride with or train with?
There is the guidance you need about how much you should plan on doing with the animal and how soon depending upon how well the horse has learned all those different styles of class...
Trail classes are technical, can tell you that from what again I see our 4H kids doing at all ages and levels...shows teamwork.
But boy do they have fun, stiff competition and some attitude to match, but all seem to have fun!


As for getting the horse to ride on a draped rein...
First you need to get a horse, learn yourself what the horse knows and is accepeting of and then since you are working/riding in a western barn use the trainer at that barn to instruct you.
You could do many things, but what you do is really dependent upon what the animal knows first and foremost. Work from the horses knowledge point and abilities.

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