Join the conversation! Login or register to ask your question or help a fellow rider.
Call us 24/7 - 1-800-461-8898

Schooling Show Tips

This topic contains 4 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  GZav1212 3 years, 6 months ago.

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • equusparvus Original Poster equusparvus
    Topics Started: 14Replies Posted: 12

    On Sunday I am going to a very small schooling show, and I’m not as prepared as I wish I was. I am entering the little 2′-2’3 hunter division, which includes an eq over fences class, and eq on the flat class, and hunter under saddle and over fences. I have a few questions, and I would really appreciate it if you could help me!

    First of all, tack. My stirrups are super cool and the foot part tilts back to help you keep your heels down. Would it be considered cheating if I used these in an eq class?

    Second, I have nothing to wear. I have boots and breeches, but nothing on top. I have a pink show shirt and a hunt coat that my friend gave me, but it is way too big and a kind of hideous wierd brownish kind of plaid tweed color. Would it be better just to wear a white polo, or do I have to wear the coat?

    Third, I have trouble getting my leads. He doesn’t do changes, and we often land the wrong lead. Should i let him canter around on the wrong lead, or should I do a simple change and trot a few strides to change it? Also, we have trouble with walk to canter which could be an issue for hunter under saddle. Also, should i work hard to get him to stretch down and in a friend or is it better not to fuss and let him stick his nose out? Tips?

    Any other tips? Thank you so much!

    Leslie Leslie
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 44

    The stirrups are fine to use.

    You do need to wear the hunt coat and shirt unless this show specifically says they are not necessary. Is there anyone else you can borrow clothes from? If you are planning to continue showing you might want to get some of your own – check your local tack shops, a lot of times they will have used show clothing on consignment and you can get a pretty good deal.

    You should always be on the correct lead. A simple change is fine in a schooling show and this is what you should do. Make sure you do them at the right time, not too late, with as few trot steps as possible. Obviously a horse that does the flying lead changes does have an advantage over one that doesn’t… but they won’t win just because of that.

    I would practice walk to canter transitions this week. For a hunter under saddle class you want a long and low frame. Long, sweeping strides that cover the ground – but not fast. You also want him to be very consistent – not slowing down then speeding up or shortening then lengthening. Part of this is his natural movement, which you can’t help – but your job is to ride him so that he moves the best he can move.

    www.createdbyleslie.com - handmade custom wood-burned brushes, stall signs, & portraits, etched glasses, and custom stuffed ponies

    equusparvus Original Poster equusparvus
    Topics Started: 14Replies Posted: 12

    Thank you so much Leslie!

    Leslie Leslie
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 44

    No problem, good luck!

    www.createdbyleslie.com - handmade custom wood-burned brushes, stall signs, & portraits, etched glasses, and custom stuffed ponies

    GZav1212
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 6

    How did the show go?

Viewing 5 posts - 1 through 5 (of 5 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Healthy Horses  ❤  Happy Riders