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It's Show Time!  Articles and Tutorials for the Show Ring.

          The western sport of reining is a competition where riders guide their horse through a pattern of circles, spins, and stops. Often called the western equivalent to dressage, reining became a FEI-recognized sport in the year 2000. Now the sport is competed worldwide, including at the World Equestrian Games. All the work that is done in the pattern is done at a lope and a gallop. For the challenging movements, such as the sliding stop and the spin, horse and rider must be harmoniously in tune with each other. Much like with dressage, the reining rider’s aids should not be easily seen...
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Are you looking to take your horse to a parade, then you need to follow these four simple S’s: Safety, Saddle, Style, and Smile.     Safety: Riding in parades can be very fun, but you do need to be prepared.  There are many safety factors that go into riding in a parade.  First and foremost, safety first: wear a helmet!  Anytime you ride a helmet can be a lifesaver, however when in parade it is that much more important.  Remember that you will likely be traveling on a road; a fall would not be very fun without a helmet.  Secondly, prepare your horse as well as possible to the environment of a...
It's Show Time! And you need a saddle. The Western Show Saddle is designed to stand out! It is a saddle built on looks rather than hard work. These are very highly decorative saddles, that usually feature moderate to extensive use of silver trim on the skirts, cantle, horn, pommel/fork, and the stirrups. They usually contain a long and deep skirts which allow for additional silver and tooling. The tooling on show saddles is very intricate and usually covers nearly every inch. The seat of the saddle is padded or suede, which allows the rider more grip. This helps to create the picture that the...
The difference between halter and showmanship halter        Showing “in hand” or in halter can be a fun way to start your show weekend. Halter classes are often in the morning before the other ridding classes. Showing in halter allows you closer contact with the judge and a little glimpse into how that judge may be making their decision. There are two ways to show in halter, general “in hand” halter class and a showmanship halter.        In-hand and general halter are used to judge the horses confirmation and looks. Each breed has a different standard and each horse is graded based on that...
Tips for Show Time      Western Horse shows are stressful events. It takes a lot of hard work to get to the point where you want to show your horse. Aside from getting there, there is the tack that is needed and the show attire. Each sport is different requiring a different set of tack and clothes. But a few things remain the same. How you and your support team prepare and work while at the show can make or break your show experience.      The team, these are the people that will help you to look and show your best. Your trainer, friends, parents can all be on your team. Have a friend hold...
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When you go to a show to compete are you a confident rider who is prepared, or are you a nervous wreck? What about your horse? Is your horse relaxed and confident or is she a bundle of nerves as well? Nervousness is one of the hardest aspects of showing to overcome for riders and horses alike. Not only are you in a new environment, but there’s the added pressure of doing well in competition. The first rule of showing is to always remember that your horse is a mirror of your mood that day. If you’re nervous, your horse is going to pick up on that energy and they’ll be nervous as well. Horses...
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The Basics of Peruvian Paso Horses Gaited horses are gradually gaining popularity in the horse community. Gaited horses such as the Peruvian Paso provide riders with a smoother ride and are known for having good temperaments. These horses are a popular choice with older riders or riders who's physical health problems, such as back and leg pain, may have been keeping them out of the saddle. The Peruvian Paso is a medium-sized horse breed, known primarily for their unique four-beat paso llano and sobreandando gaits, which are performed in place of the trot. The paso llano is a slower, more...
The All American Quarter Horse Congress In the western part of the United States, horses are more than just another animal. Horses form an important part of the cultural make-up and history. From the Wild Wild West to today’s somber mid-west towns, the American Quarter Horse continues to be the object of fancy and scrutiny by both enthusiasts and serious breeders. Breed specific groups such as the American Quarter Horse Association are created for knowledge sharing and community building in preserving and improving this particular horse breed. The American Quarter Horse The American Quarter...
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Is your horse ready to show? Answering this question involves more than just knowing whether or not your horse can perform and win in an event. The first question to ask is what is your goal for your horse in competing? In asking this question, it’s important to be honest and realistic about your horse’s level of training and true potential. Is your horse green or has your horse been hauled a good bit? With a green horse, your goal may be just to get your horse out to see the sights. With a more experienced horse, your goal may be to test your horse’s progress or work on a known problem. Once...

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