Right on Sunday my daughter is doing her first lead rein class at the ripe old age of 8!! I know its a little it old for lead rein, but she only started riding last year, and only regularly in the last couple of months, and as this is her first time in a show ring, I thought this class would be appropriate. It also states age 10 and under on the class rules, so all good
I do need a bit of advice though. I have done a fair bit of showing over the years, so know what to do in the show ring etc, but I have never done a lead rien class. As I am alo showing that day,I won't be able to wear a 'lead rein out fit', infact, one of my classes is the class ahead of hers, in the same ring
so I will barely have time to get her on her pony, let alone get changed! LOL. She will be wearing her Navy show jacket, hat and jod boots. Although I am wearing a hacking jacket for my classes, I also have a navy show jacket and hat. Do you think it will look smarter if I just quickly got changed into this?? And do you think that the judges will understand?
I was also wondering, where abouts on the noseband do you attach the lead rein, and do you change sides when you change the rein, so you stay on the outside of the pony?
Also in a lead rein class, what are the judges looking for. I am assuming that they don't want to see me draging the pony around, but want to see my daughter getting her to work, and me just being on the end of the lead rein for security? My daughter is not a bad little rider, and can walk, trot and canter (holding on to the saddle) off the lead rein on her own, she knows what her trot diagonals are ect, but she is really lacking in confidence, am I being a bit of a fraud putting her in a lead rein class for her very first show??
Chocolate icecream if you got this far, and Thankyou in advance for your help