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When is he 'Show Ready'?

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  • #21
    My friend is taking her older mare who has spent much time as a broodmare to her first (we think) horse show this weekend. She just wants to see how she reacts with all the noise and horses. She will do some flat classes and even the ground poles (not yet doing courses) and really is just going to get her mare some experience.

    She is really looking forward to the experience but is trying to keep expectations, other than surviving the show, to a minimum. Hoping she has a nice quiet experience. So I think that wandering over to a small show and taking in all the sights is perfectly legit. There was an extra spot in the trailer, so she will tag along.

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    • #22
      Originally posted by PrimoAmor View Post
      So, when is he ready? Should I have him jumping first our just continue schooling him the next two(ish) months and see how things go? If we get there and it's too much, we hang out for a while till he relaxes and then go home. No biggy right?
      Also agree with this.
      I took my youngster OTTB to his first show last year. My goal was to get him on the trailer, off the trailer, walk around, and get him back on the trailer.
      If he was being good, I would tack him up and walk around the warmup ring.
      If he was still being good, we would flat in the warmup ring.
      If he was still being good, we would stand by the in-gate (like we were waiting for our round).
      Then we would go home.

      He was a rockstar, and we were there for hours just "hanging out". Now I expect the above, and now he actually has to work in the warmup ring (as opposed to just hacking around). I'm planning to take him to lesson a few times when my trainer goes with other clients this season, and I may enter him in a flat class.

      But I won't show him over fences until he's solidly confirmed at home over 2'3" with lead changes. Right now we're just doing crossrail lines, so we have a long way to go.

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        #23
        Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I will be sure to bring a stud chain! I know he can get pushy on the ground if excited and if he gets too bad we will head straight home. I'm not looking to humiliate myself and/or injure those who have worked hard to be there. I figure I'll get there super early before everyone arrives, let him walk around the grounds and than hang out at the trailer for a bit. No rush, no hurry. Just a nice, positive experience.

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