I know almost nothing about showing: I have only the vaguest notion of what the different classes are, what the judges are looking for and how to have an appropriate turnout. But I have always wanted to show, so, dang it, I'm going to do it.
So here's the tentative plan for Coriander:
- Halter, just for shits and giggles. He's a well made boy but he does have a clubbed left forefoot and he's sickle hocked. I think for our first show or two halter may be all we'll do until I know he's comfortable in that atmosphere and I can trust him to listen to me under saddle.
- Showmanship at halter, cause why not? If he can do halter he can do showmanship. All we have to do is learn how to turn on the hindquarters, trot to a mark, back and square up. We can do that.
- Hunter under saddle, because I think he might be suited for it. He's got a long, flat stride and that seems to be what the judges are looking for. He also naturally holds his neck parallel to the ground, which also seems to be the ideal for that class. I worry that he may be a bit bulkier than most judges prefer, but we'll have to see.
- Trail, because it seems like fun.
So hopefully he'll be ready next spring. Of course I'll have to figure out how to get him to a show since I don't have a trailer, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.