So I’m finally working up my courage to get into the show ring with my OTTB and I even have someone at my barn that also attends schooling shows at the heights I’d be interested in at least for now and has a spot free in the trailer. There’s just one minor detail - they go to hunters shows and I never have taken part in one, prepared for one and just generally don’t know what it’s all about. I’ll likely have to prepare for it without a coach, because I don’t know anyone with that background who comes out to teach here.
Honestly, for me it’s just a way to get miles on a green horse in a cost-effective way before summer. Ribbons are not a priority at all. I’ve heard hunters courses are less technical so I think it might be a good way to ease a horse into the show atmosphere. My background/point of reference is show jumping and low level dressage in a European context. Do tell me everything I need to know about not getting DQ-ed due to something stupid. Bonus points if I also end up not totally embarrassing myself
Just some starter questions: Do I plait for a schooling show? Hair out of helmet a no-no? I assume only white saddle pads? Are white breeches OK or am I supposed to wear tan? Do I need the horse to wear a standing martingale? Is there a course walk before the show like in jumping? Can I do a seated canter or is that a faux pas (I always see people riding in a half seat)?