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My daughter shows her Morgan horse at high school equestrian meets (its a sport at her high school). In the rule book it says for showmanship that they horse equipment is breed specific. She was showing in Western Showmanship and they told her her show halter was incorrect. I tried searching to see what was the breed specific show halter for a morgan horse but could not find anything. Does anyone know what a morgan western show halter should look like?

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Kari
 

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From looking through the rule book it doesn't appear that they have any such classes. They have in hand classes but nothing called Showmanship and most of the horses appear to be shown in a bridle with bit. So not sure what they want you to do about that.
 

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If Showmanship is shown in hand, how is it Western? You wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat?
On the open circuit it's considered western and there are certain outfits that are called "showmanship" jackets and such. When I showed this summer, I wore a Western shirt, jeans & my Western hat. That was acceptable at the county fair level. The horses wore Stock style show halters, didn't matter what breed we were showing. So my Saddlebred wore the same halter the Quarter Horses did. I don't know what the judge in the OPs post is thinking.
 

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The kids that show non-stock breeds in Showmanship around here use a leather halter with no silver. Not sure if that's standard, but it seems to work for them.
 

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My daughter shows her Morgan horse at high school equestrian meets (its a sport at her high school). In the rule book it says for showmanship that they horse equipment is breed specific. She was showing in Western Showmanship and they told her her show halter was incorrect. I tried searching to see what was the breed specific show halter for a morgan horse but could not find anything. Does anyone know what a morgan western show halter should look like?

Does she have a coach?
I would see if you could ask her coach (or the judge) for specific clarification.



Typically, Morgans are shown in plain leather halters. (or they can be shown "in-hand" in bridles). If you click on this link, it's a page on the American Morgan Horse Assoc page. Particularly the bottom picture shows an example of the halter.



I tried to do some googling. Found this one but I'm not so sure about the green? but that looks to be what the guy is wearing on the AMHA page. This one is probably more than you want to spend ... and that might be an Arabian. (excuse my ignorance)


They seem to be a little harder to find but they are out there!


But no, Morgans are not shown in a "western showmanship silver halter" like your typical Western showmanship. Which is tough .... b/c you "set up" your horse in showmanship. But if it's breed specific, should she be setting him up in a Morgan stance? And not a QH showmanship stance?
 

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There is indeed a showmanship class for Morgan's at the championship show BUT you don't have to qualify for it you can just show up and show your Morgan in that class. Checking out the class list, it is a two-day show, the Showmanship is held on the second day which is the English portion, so I would assume your Showmanship is in English attire and an English bridle.
 

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Does she have a coach?
I would see if you could ask her coach (or the judge) for specific clarification.



Typically, Morgans are shown in plain leather halters. (or they can be shown "in-hand" in bridles). If you click on this link, it's a page on the American Morgan Horse Assoc page. Particularly the bottom picture shows an example of the halter.



I tried to do some googling. Found this one but I'm not so sure about the green? but that looks to be what the guy is wearing on the AMHA page. This one is probably more than you want to spend ... and that might be an Arabian. (excuse my ignorance)


They seem to be a little harder to find but they are out there!


But no, Morgans are not shown in a "western showmanship silver halter" like your typical Western showmanship. Which is tough .... b/c you "set up" your horse in showmanship. But if it's breed specific, should she be setting him up in a Morgan stance? And not a QH showmanship stance?
The halter on the Freedman's page looks more like a 1/2 Arab or Saddlebred, don't know if that would work for Morgans or not.

And re: the setup, I stood the saddlebred up like a QH (we didn't do well in the class, totally wrong breed and neither one of us could see the point) and showed her in a QH show halter. At our local 4H, County Fair, Pony Club or FFA stuff, they wouldn't have known what to look at if I stood her up like a Saddlebred or dressed her like one.
 
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