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  1. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Is it common for a hunter/jumper show to have significant schooling time in between classes in the main arena (throughout the day)? It would seem that the main arena would be for showing/classes once the show has begun and any additional schooling would be in some other location, but I'm...
  2. Horse Boarding/Livery/Agistment
    I joined here because I need help. I have been at my barn for three years (since the time my trainer moved to there) and I started showing last year and it was a lot of fun. There weren't many people but we all liked each other. I always got my lessons and never had one canceled. This year it...
  3. Horse Shows
    I am soon to compete in my first Highschool Equestrian meet of the year, and I am quite nervous. I competed last year, so I know what the meets are like, but I have been without a saddle for much of the year (poor fit and couldn't bring myself to ride my gelding in a saddle that was hurting him...
  4. Show Jumping
    My first jumper show is coming up in a few weeks, it's just a schooling show, and I was wondering what all I needed. Is there a certain type of pad I need to use? What colors are acceptable? Do I wear a show coat or polo? Can my horse wear boots? Is a hunter bridle okay to use? Is there a...
  5. General Riding queries
    So, I am heading off to college in the near future, and I hope to try out for the IHSA western team if I get into my top college (the only one I'm looking at with a western team) However, there is a slight issue. I have never been able to afford to show nor have my own horse. By the time I am...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My horse is almost perfect at home just the odd mistake which is my fault most times but it is a different story as soon as we leave the yard. When ever we go to a different yard or a show etc he jumps like a stag and doubles the size of the jump Occasionally he can also get really strong but...
  7. Horse Shows
    I am organizing a couple of schooling shows for the barn that my horses are at, and need someone to explain the different gaited classes to me (I grew up showing stock horses and hunter/jumpers; it was a rarity in my area to see someone with a gaited horse). There are quite a few TN Walkers and...
  8. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I'm have been looking for a black bridle for my cob to match my saddle, i did happen to find one but its a dressage bridle, my only concern is weather ill be able to show hunter/jumper in a dresage bridle. PLease help *the shows i will be doing are small local shows nothing serious
  9. General Riding queries
    I just joined my towns 4h club. The problem is, my horse lives 6 hours away at my grandmas house. One of the members has lots of horses and said i could borrow one of his. Dose anyone know if you can compete in the state fair or in horse shows on somebody else's horse? I think you can, but i am...
  10. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I have several questions about horse rider sponsorships i'd like to ask about.. I have two horses that I'm going to start showing.. however I don't have a lot of extra money and I would like to have help I guess... So basically what I'm saying is I would like more information to it.. 1. Horse...
  11. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    I was told that I should start banding my pony's mane for shows. He has the thin mane typical in Appaloosas (he's half POA and half Appy, reg. POA though!) and, in places, it sticks straight up. HOW do you band this? It seems nearly impossible considering his mane's not more than 5-6 inches at...
  12. Trailer and Horsebox queries
    I am going to be replacing the mats I presently have in my trailer. I am looking for some that are economically priced but will allows me to cover an area of 84" long x 74" wide. I have been looking at farm and fleet and similar places. I have a feeling I wont find a mat that will cover this...
  13. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    I've got pony club ribbon days coming up in which i have to plait up my horse. It will be my first time doing it by myself. I'm going to use elastic bands because its easier. I've been looking it up on youtube and have been rolling them up into button braids, but the end always sticks out. Can...
  14. General Riding queries
    I have gone to a few shows before, but jumping ones. In the showing season I want to start doing ridden shows - showing shows - but I don't know how to perform one! Please help! Thanks.
  15. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    So I bought these new tall boots today and I'm worried they're too short. They do dig into the back of my knees, but look really short. I know they'll drop a lot, I'm just worried they're too short already. I didn't pay much for them luckily, but I really wouldn't want to take them back. They...
  16. Horse Health
    I bought a 10 year old Friesian gelding (my first horse) last December. When I bought him he had a small winter coat but my barns horses live outside so he got really furry. This winter I will probably be showing him in dressage shows from January on (USDF, and schooling). The barn manager (my...
  17. Grooming, clipping, bathing & equipment used
    Do you braid your horse's mane before a show? I've heard controversy over the topic. I have never braided my horse's mane for shows, but some of my fellow riders do constantly.
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