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What's your biggest show turnout no-no?

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  • What's your biggest show turnout no-no?

    Just poking the fire here... What types of turn-out faux pas have you seen at the shows? I once saw a girl at a (thankfully) schooling show who had those stupid "show bows" on her pony's braids... in RED!

    Any other classics?

  • #2
    Short boots...
    Dirty tack...
    Unclipped muzzle, jawline, ears and bridle paths...
    Nylon tack LOL!!!...

    This list could get long and I may offend some...so I will shut up...


    • #3
      The show bow, with out a doubt.
      **Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.**


      • #4
        Definite no-nos for A shows in the US:
        show bows (blech)
        too short or ill-fitting boots on a rider
        poor braiding jobs
        fuzzy ears, muzzles, jawline
        dirty horse and/or tack
        the European or eventing-style jackets with 4 front buttons and buttons on the back vent
        sleeveless shirts!

        I wouldn't be picky if I saw this stuff at schooling shows, though. I used to board near Frederick, MD and at our schooling shows, you'd see the gamut of wierd tack and clothing. Nothing wrong with that when you are first starting out, but by the time you get to the bigger shows, you should know what is/is not proper.

        My friend showed her horse at Warrenton in a Wintec saddle with a string girth. She finally got a girth cover, though! Plus she almost ran over Mrs. Able-Smith in the schooling ring, but that is another story....


        • #5
          Boots that are too short and any show shirt that doesn't have long sleeves! Also, hate to see bad clipping/braiding jobs...


          • #6
            I admit I had to wear my trainers Vogels a month ago..ahhhhhhhhh they were too short!! I have custom boots that fit me like a glove and we were 2 hourse from home!!! I FORGOT MY BOOTS!! But I did the eq and was champion in adult eq...quess the judge didn't care..

            Definately Show Bows
            Messy uneven braids
            a dirty grey horse with manure stains all over his butt!!
            Unpainted feet!!! I always like a nice clean hoof!!
            I had a grey and he ALWAYS got a bath the day before AND the morning of!!


            • #7
              SHOW BOWS should most definitely be exiled, and those children that wear them must attend the VA clique clinic on how to arrange their hair into the proper "patties"!! hehe

              Hmm other than that, uh ill throw another vote towards bad clip jobs, tails that look like they have been chopped of with pruning shears, and definitely Rubber boots eeek, such a faux pas!!
              - - - - - -
              \"I found my inner bitch and ran with her.\" ~ Courtney Love


              • #8
                Not using a hairnet. If you can dress yourself, you can use a net.


                • #9
                  Hair wisps flying from under the helmet!!!!

                  Stained gray horse or dirty white socks.

                  Leather out of the keepers!!!!

                  Twisted reins while riding!!!!

                  Show pad that doesn't fit.

                  Slouching in the line up!!(It's not over until you have exited the arena!)

                  Dirty, dusty boots.

                  Crusty sweat marks.

                  Not really a turn out issue, but related. People that sit all day, ringside, on their horses. As I just read somewhere, they are not a couch. Get off, give them a break.
                  \"The older I get, the better I used to be, but who the heck cares!\"


                  • #10


                    • #11
                      Biggest no-no is got to be panty lines....SO TACKY


                      • #12
                        Uh oh, we're back to pany lines again... Rye, see numerous thong-related threads.... [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]


                        • #13
                          Especially the ones that cost an arm and a leg, and /or are "custom made" (one year's tuition), and advertise as being approved when they are not. (Liars!)

                          When you see the "formal" 4 buttoned coats, the wearer is either European, an eventer or a real foxhunter. Sometimes they ride a lot better than the rest of us; sometimes not.
                          co-author of 101 Jumping Exercises & The Rider's Fitness Program; Soon to come: Dead Ringer - a tale of equine mystery and intrique! Former Moderator!


                          • #14
                            This drives me insane! Please put your hair in a net and put ALL of it in your helmet!!! I just started doing some combined training this year, and while I love it, I seem to be the only one who has heard of a hair net around here. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]


                            • #15
                              What is the world are show bows? <You can tell I've spent too much times @ A shows> [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
                              My pet peeves for turnout:
                              - Coats that don't fit
                              - Clothes that don't fit or are un-fashionable
                              - Unclipped horses/ponies
                              - Dirty socks/grays
                              - Short boots
                              - *blech* Weird tack (nylon, etc.)
                              I'm gonna stop cuz I tend to get *very* cynical and I'd like to have friends on the board. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
                              *pOnY rOcK*
                              PS - Weatherford! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] There's nothing wrong with kids in unapproved.


                              • #16
                                My own personal pet peeve is no gloves! Please, please wear gloves!!!


                                • #17
                                  Rubber riding boots at smaller shows. Some people need to learn that they are for mucking stalls etc.. not horse shows!!!


                                  • #18
                                    People who ride with the brim of their hunt cap up in the air, and it flops around their head.
                                    I hate a brim that isn't parallel to the ground.

                                    I also HATE stock pins, they show up from time to time, and I hate an unmonogrammed choker.

                                    Can't tolerate watching a hunter round with a rider without blackgloves on it detracts from the overall picture.

                                    White socks not clipped to the pink (yes I am anal).

                                    Orange bridles on chestnut horses. They can be a little darker you know?

                                    Dirty bits, with grass on the side, horse entering ring with green bubbles coming out of it's mouth.

                                    Dressage whips instead of jumping bats!

                                    Agh, that's enough for now!
                                    Owner/Trainer of http://www.plumstedequestrianctr.com


                                    • #19
                                      Oh my biggest pet peeve!

                                      What is up with 1/2 the amateurs and kids riding with their spurs upside down?

                                      IT MAKES ME CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                                      Owner/Trainer of http://www.plumstedequestrianctr.com


                                      • #20
                                        Most of these things I understand, though I may not agree.

                                        But what do you have against un-monogrammed chokers?

                                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).