Your First Horse Show

Have you decided to head out to your first horse show?
Now what do you do?

You have arrived and gotten your number from the horse show secretary…. So … What next?

Some Please Do’s for the Horse Show Ring

  1. Be clean and neat. This doesn’t mean having an expensive show ring attire,
    horse training, hunter jumper, hunter judge Canada, Hunter Judge USA, Hunter Judge Ontario, Hunter Judge Ottawa, Laura Kelland-May, Thistle RidgeSkill Buildersbut having appropriate clothing, in good repair and neat and clean is a must. Your horse should make a good impression as well. Your horse should be clean, neat and well turned out.
  2. Be prepared. Being prepared physically and emotionally. This also means having an understanding of the class requirements. Before heading to your first show, attend a couple of shows ‘sans horse’, so you know what to expect.
  3. Study the course. Take the time to learn your courses, if you are riding over fences. It may require you to break things down into simpler patterns. Do not rely on other competitors to assist you. Watch a few rounds and also study the course plan so there are no errors. If you go off course the judge will not be able to place you.
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How to Correct a Horse Which is Dead to the Leg

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“Horse with the Little Jockey” aka “Jockey of Artemision” (Photo credit: Egui_)

This is a simple way to Correct a horse which is dead to the leg…

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How To Correct a Horse Which is Dead To The Leg

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Sample Training Session

Sample Training Session

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A display of traditional horse skills at the Korean Folk Village (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is so nice to get out of my own little box to see what others are doing and how others are coping through the winter.  What I really learn each time I go out to help people improve their horses and position is that people really want to improve and invest in themselves and their horses.

If you are considering showing in the  upcoming season, then your training schedule and riding program should be ramping up to cover all aspects of your training.  My thoughts today are to plant the seeds of the necessity to develop your horse to ensure a successful show season. Continue reading

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The Course Walk – Not Just a Stroll in the Park

Walking a show jumping course is not to be sneezed at. You have to:

 

  • be focused
  • have a plan
  • understand the questions the course is asking.

 

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