I’ve got a young TB mare who I plan to show eventing. But she’s 3, and going to be doing very little for the next year in regards to my goals in eventing due to her young age. I’m getting on her and putzing around putting steering, brakes, and yield to leg pressure, but want to have a goal in mind outside of trail rides.
Trying to think of how to keep us both busy and have an excuse to get her out and about other than trail rides, I was thinking of trying my hand at showmanship. Seems focused on ground manners and presentation, so shouldn’t stress her baby joints too much.
So, if you were to give someone a crash course on showmanship (english version) what would you tell them?
What attire is ok? I don’t have a velvety helmet, but have presentable clothes otherwise.
What about for the horse? Would a plain leather halter be ok? What kind of lead, and how long does the shank have to be?
Do I braid her for the show? Mane and tail? Hunter or button braids? She has a super wimpy tail, do I need a fake tail to look presentable?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I’m 100% ignorant, so if you say to wear hot pink and a clown nose, I’m going to think you’re serious lol