Saturday, March 22, 2014

Showmanship and Shedding!

Is she not the cutest?!
I went out and played with Suzie on Wednesday after work since the sun was shining and the birds were chirping away! I pulled her out and to my surprise, the furry beast is finally shedding! Praise whatever powers there may be! I'm debating clipping her vs letting her shed out normally, as I'd prefer to bathe her prior to clipping but I have no real access to do so, as well as the fact that it is still quite nippy outside... I decided to play around with some Showmanship, as there is a relatively larger show at the end of August I am looking at going to for some experience and while I may be too nervous to complete the riding portion, I'd like to do in hand stuff.

Looking pretty good! Can't wait to ride and actually get her topline all figured out!


Truth be told, I am not very savvy in the "Showmanship" aspect of training but I am eager to learn, so I figure I'd grab Suz's show halter I bought last summer and putz away and see what we could come up with after a few months of "training". I did take a video and oh my, it is awful! LOL. We have a lot to work on, but it is all things both Suz and I are capable of, which is fantastic.

The most embarrassing "boo boo" we I made was the chain positioning... I had no clue how it was supposed to be for showmanship and I guessed totally wrong! My poor mare. She did well though and I see that if we make some subtle changes we can really get some patterns down-pat and perfected.
 

Immediately, in the video I notice the poor quality "backs" and surprisingly, the turns look pretty good so far. I am in the wrong position though, I should be walking more ahead of her and be near her head when I am turning her around, but for now (for the training part) this will do just fine. It'll all come together, I'm thinking that once she gets moved to a more permanent facility I'll have an arena to be working in with some poles, etc (it's in the works!!)






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