View Full Version : Oliver's Excellent Western Adventure!

Jul. 15, 2011, 04:04 PM
Oliver made his western show pen debut a few weeks ago!

Sadly, he also has seedy toe that has resulted in almost 1/2 of his hoof wall being cut off his left hind, and as a result we only did the showmanship classes.

But participate we did, and it was a blast. After a red ribbon in the English showmanship, we hauled ass down the hill to change for western, and came back up the hill in our World Championship attire and Gorilla Tape!

The jacket was custom made for a lady who went to the Buckskin Worlds a few years ago, and the halter went to the Appy Worlds in the mid 80s. Thank you, eBay and Tack Trader, for making sure I had a $900 custom showmanship jacket for almost nothing. And I bought her black scalloped chaps as well.

Our competition was fierce! Despite being a show at our barn, we were up against three people who had ribboned at AQHA Worlds, BBer Mypaintwattie who takes high point in everything she does, and another gal who was about as green as I was.

Six horses, green ribbon for us of course, but I swear I had more fun than anyhone else, what a great day!

Here are some photos - the earrings and the bling number magnets came along with the jacket. The hat is a cheap ass one I got at the local feed store for next to nothing, which is quite obvious ha ha ha.

You can see the Gorilla Tape on his left hind. :lol:

Best part is that the show raised a bunch of $$.

Jul. 15, 2011, 04:08 PM
Very nice! He is one georgeous, if large, SMS horse!!!

Jul. 15, 2011, 04:09 PM
What a total giggle! You two look *great*!! Can't wait till the next time when you dip your toes--hopefully, fully healed--into the WP showpen!

Dang, he looks terrific!

Jul. 15, 2011, 04:12 PM
Thank you, he was even sporting a fake tail!

He was two hands taller than any other horse in the class, which in itself was hysterical. He did sort of square the first time and did it perfectly the second time (we had to do a pattern, it was hysterical). But the Gorilla Tape photo I love - not because of my fat ass, but because it just goes to show you that You Too Can Ghetto. :cool:

Edited to say that the gal I bought the jacket from threw in the matching earrings and bling number magnets.

Monstr, a friend in Dubai saw the shirt and said it was certainly not something for the supermarket. I swear it was like I was wearing a Halloween costume.

Puddin Pie
Jul. 15, 2011, 07:01 PM
All I can say is "You Go Girl!!"

Vesper Sparrow
Jul. 15, 2011, 07:40 PM
Nice coordination of outfits (yours and his)--love the black and white! Western in an understated dressagey way. Very tasty horse, as GM would say...

Jul. 15, 2011, 09:25 PM
Both of you look utterly fab! Lovin' the look-- black on blondes is classic, and Oliver is always handsome. :D

Speaking of him, what did he think of the whole thing?

Jul. 16, 2011, 12:20 AM
Loved the photos and the ghetto duct tape. At least you bought black, instead of something wild like the tie-dye looking stuff I saw at Office Despot. Oliver's dapples look fabulous.

Flashy Gray VA
Jul. 16, 2011, 01:00 AM
What fabulous, fun, class acts you and Oliver are! :)

You guys look great and your E-bay special showmanship jacket looks like Nudie Cohn himself designed it for you! :lol:

Jul. 16, 2011, 02:21 AM
They have another show next month, and I have the most gorgeous Hobby Horse shirt for it, the Vegas tunic which is solid bling! I wore the black one because it was still cool enough for a heavy jacket. The Hobby Horse one is just so fun, I love it. The do the nicest clothes, and I God love them for including the Rubenesque rider.

Oliver was not at all amused to be dragged away from the last of his breakfast for the English class. Very WTF, but he has that Hols 'tude.

Peggy, he's never had dapples like this. Omega Horseshine brought a big bag for each boarder, and not everyone picked theirs up. So he's had that since September, and of course is getting Glanzen 3 instead now to crank out that new hoof growth.

I love the el cheapo hat. I didn't realize until I saw the photos that it had little air holes on each side. But I draw the line at getting a $$$ hat for three seconds of showmanship.

Jul. 16, 2011, 03:11 AM
You both look great!

If I may....teach him to step off with the same foot you do when stepping forward....so that your walking is coordinated/synchronized....fairly easy to do and makes a pretty picture for the judges. He's such an eye-catcher that it will really impress them!

Jul. 16, 2011, 03:58 AM
Oh gosh, I would never have thought of that! Thank you, I don't know a thing about it and it is really fun to do. I am still working on getting him to properly turn away from me. It is something to add to the FML handwalking we're doing until at least November (he is totally pissed off about it).

Jul. 16, 2011, 08:12 AM
You two look so cute!

Black is beautiful!

Jul. 16, 2011, 08:46 AM
Why, Miss Coreene;
Both you & the Big O look positively Yee & Ha!

Perhaps you need to consider giving him a WP Showname?
Ollie Bar Pep Chic...or something along those lines?

O's dapples are blindingly gee-or-juss.
I am getting a similar effect on the Big Buckskin with BOSS - he has polkadots :D

hope the seedy toe resolves ASAP!
BTDT with Vernon. Not to the extent of cutting away any foot & it still stunk waiting for healing

Jul. 16, 2011, 10:54 AM
Not enough coffee this morning...when I looked at the first photo I thought "Why the hell is Coreene wearing Orange Shoes?"

Jul. 16, 2011, 11:35 AM
Not orange, but very scruffy brown Ariats. Alas, I forgot. To bring black ones with me and wound up in the beat up ol' everyday boots. And the stud chain will go under the chin, that was my mistake lol.

As for the seedy toe, I think the early November shoeing will see all three nails back in hoof wall on the side that now ends about 1/4-1/2" above the clip.

Jul. 16, 2011, 12:22 PM
Wow!!! What a nice boy!!!

My mom has a mare that has seedy toe. It very possibly could be the most annoying of all hoof issues in my opinion!

Glad you guys had a good time!!!! You looked great!

Jul. 16, 2011, 12:33 PM
Yee Haw, Coreene! I love the Western bling and you two look great!

Jul. 16, 2011, 12:44 PM
Way to go! It IS supposed to be fun! I look forward to the next chapter!

Jul. 16, 2011, 03:22 PM
You both look terrific!

And I love your manicure.:)

Jul. 16, 2011, 07:23 PM
This thread most definitely brought a smile to my face, Coreene. And the fact that it was a charity show made it all the better. Oliver looks wonderful - what a striking horse. And your bling is so much fun.

Thanks for sharing!

Jul. 16, 2011, 08:13 PM
It was for Red Bucket Equine Rescue. I have cried many times when they've brought horses in - the first group had been abandoned and were starving, and looked like the saddest Animal Cops horses. Many more were abandoned too, a few were AC rescues, and we even have a beautiful little donkey named Stetson. Sadly Oliver wants to kill him, so we give his stall a wide berth.

They started in 2009 and have rescued around 100. Many have gone to new homes, many are being schooled and will go to new homes, and some will be pasture puffs that will live out their days with RBER.

Jul. 17, 2011, 04:24 AM
Aw, you both look FAB!!! Love MR O's beeyootiful shiny coat and err...yours, too *g* tres' chic

Jul. 17, 2011, 07:33 AM
You both look stunning, especially with his size.
Does the ground shake when he trots in hand?;)
I bet the judges can't miss him, he has such presence.

Seriously, you make a neat pair, in good taste, for that kind of competition.
I have seen some wild getups at some western shows.
It seems like more of a costume show than horse show at times.

I bet you had fun, like FUN.:cool:

I would teach him the low head cue.
At some breed shows, in hand is about a horse showing animation and they take that to the extreme.
In western shows, they like smoothness and no resistances, like throwing the head up.
That smoothness is what seems to place and win.

Practicing horsemanship halter patterns does make for a nice, attentive horse any time you handle them, a bonus from that training.:)

You will post pictures of the summer jacket, won't you?:yes:

Jul. 18, 2011, 12:22 AM
Bluey, he is so pissed about handwalking that a little jog is viewed by him as a Whoopie Moment, so this will give me something else to teach him. He seems to think it's all great fun, so hopefully it will work :lol:. Five weeks until the next one.

Jul. 18, 2011, 09:14 PM
You guys looke great!
I think now that you have the rest of the outfit, you need to get yourself some special boots ;)

Chester's Mom
Jul. 19, 2011, 10:43 AM
You guys looke great!
I think now that you have the rest of the outfit, you need to get yourself some special boots ;)

I was sitting here just a - snickering till I figured out that said booTs. :lol:

Coreene, ya'll look fabulous!!

Jul. 19, 2011, 11:08 AM
Class Act! TOTALLY! I am glad you had so much fun. Oliver, is as usual, stunning...Gorilla tape and all.

You, dear lady, are Bling Personified! Inside and out you shine! Woo Hoo!

Jul. 19, 2011, 11:19 AM

I'll bet the judges loved it that you showed up with your "off breed" trying to look the part. I showed my branded DWB in a versatility class and the judge and audience liked the spectacle. They thought it was amazing to see a WB do "peanut roller" and then a big USEF hunter trot and good jump in the hack.

They thought his "lope" was great. No, it's just that the horse has done some Dres-sage and has *never* been allowed to drop his shoulder. The horse is dead lazy and thought WP was heaven on earth. He couldn't believe he was allowed to go that slowly. So long as he didn't fall on the forehand or out of the gait we were in, I left him alone. Yessirreebob, that beat the pants off Proper Dressage, he said.

I love the el cheapo hat. I didn't realize until I saw the photos that it had little air holes on each side. But I draw the line at getting a $$$ hat for three seconds of showmanship.

Not me. I'm having a bit of a midlife crisis. I'd like buy the $500 hat and reorder my world along those lines, if you know what I mean.

Jul. 19, 2011, 03:15 PM
I have new boots, I just forgot to bring them. Whoops!

So, even more exciting, in next month's show they are also including HALTER!!! And you betcha that I'll bring a 17.3hh warmblood into a western halter class. What fun!