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post #1 of 3 Old 09-23-2013, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a sissy...

So, I'm a sissy, plain and simple. Haha. I was in pretty extensive 'reining training' - until I had enough of my trainer (loooong story). I spent oodles of money for my gelding to be in reining training and pulled him when I pulled myself. So now, I'm down thousands and never made it to a show. Sadly, the only other fairly local reining/cow horse trainer is his good buddy, so I donít even want to muddy that water and deal with the drama Ė so my reining dreams are on hold I fear for awhile.

Then again Ė ironically, I've honestly never shown. So I thought I was doing the 'right thing' Ė get myself some lessons, get my horse all trained up, have a trainer I get along well with and whoís experienced and hit the shows doing what Iíve wanted to do for years. So here I am, super broke horse, other well broke horses, schooling shows just down the road and yet Iíve never gone. Our first winter series schooling shows start mid October, and Iím considering just taking one of my horses and doing some in hand work, just to get out there and get over myself. No, my horse wont set up perfectly, but at least itíll get me in the ring.

I think the kicker to this, is I was raised showing beef cattle. I know the ring and Iím comfortable Ė with cows. I donít entirely know why Iím so scared to do it with horses. But Ė I am.

So Ė what Iím thinking is taking my super awesome OTTB that I just got in July, heís seen everything and nothing fazes him Ė yet haha. Iím thinking of taking him and just doing that halter classes that they offer. Which is both western and English. Iíve only ever dealt with western horses, but Iím considering at least trying the English in hand.

I guess, bottom line is, how should I prep? Iím a total clean slate when it comes to horse shows.

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How do I get the son of a gun to stand square haha

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-12-2013, 11:22 PM
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You are so not a sissy first of all.. Second, I know what your going thru with the squaring up thing! I have a half quarter/Arabian that was trained in speed events /barrels and it was impossible to get him to stand still and square.. What I do, is first I got him to give to pressure.. It made him much more aware of what I was asking him to do.. Second I would just clip the lead on, kinda face it back and push almost like I wanted him to back up.. Then when pushing I would kind of point the clip in the direction of the foot I wanted to move back.. I would keep pushing him back until he was square, then I'd release the pressure and say "square"... Now whenever he just stands he automatically squares up hope this helps a bit! And also for prep work, if it's possible I keep him separate from the other horses so he doesn't get all bit up (if this happens to you) then I usually clip a few days before the show so if I happen to take off too much somewhere, it has a little time to fill out or sorta blend in.. I always give him a bath before and put him in a slinky/sleazy sheet to keep him clean..

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post #3 of 3 Old 10-12-2013, 11:39 PM
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Around here they sometimes have sort of more "amateur" shows, where everyone is welcome and isn't so formal. Maybe something like that would be good for you? You could call around local riding clubs that might have shows or something.
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