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Title: IN HAND SHOWING OF WELSH PONIES AND COBS


Show foals in white webbing halter, leather foal slip or headcollar.
Show youngsters in a white webbing halter, leather headcollar or snaffle bridle with
mild rubber bit.
Show brood mares, as above or in a Pelham or double bridle.
Show colts and stallions in bridles adequately bitted.
Show canes are the only canes permitted (plain or leather covered).

SECTIONS A C + D
Thin tails discreetly, at sides of dock, to show off hindquarters.
Do not trim heels or pull manes. A long plait at the top of the mane will
show off the jaw line and throat better. Long hairs under jaw and protruding
from ears maybe carefully trimmed. Try closing the sides of the ears together
and trimming off excess hair but do not cut protective inner hairs! Try applying
a tail bandage to flatten and neaten bushy hairs at top of tail. You can oil
muzzle around eyes carefully. Apply hoof oil.
SECTION B
As above, the recommendation is to show the B as naturally as possible, although
you can get away with a little more trimming and mane pulling, but do not overdo
it! It is recommended that you only show sec B in leather.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear jacket and trousers, with a hat or headscarf, or a shirt and waistcoat. This
is recommended dress by the breed society.
You can probably get away with beige jodhpurs, showing jacket, shirt and tie in unaffiliated
classes, but of course you will look more professional in the latter attire.
Always wear a jacket to show the sec B.

RING WORK
Always walk into the ring, even if late. If you are first in, form a line
up. If you do not want to annoy the judge, listen carefully to all his
instructions, look keen and competent. For the sake of beginners, the judge
should tell you which rein to go on, but you must always be on the horses left.
The judge should be on the inside where you cannot obscure her view of the horse.
Walk him out as fast as you can, the judges like this.When trotting up do
not just run as fast as you can, try to keep a steady rhythm. If you find
he is over extending, push him back as you pass the judge and get his hocks beneath
him. If he will not trot or is being lazy, try tapping him with your cane,
use your free hand behind you, wear his girth would be, the judge cannot see
you do it. To stand him up, the old fashioned way, is to have his back legs
stretched out, with the front and back feet parallel. Although this is thought
to make the back look weak, the new method is all four legs visible to the judge,
keeping his head in to show off his crest and neck arch. Always make an effort
to stand your horse right. The judge will appreciate you trying, even if it is
not a good stance.
WHAT THE JUDGE IS LOOKING FOR
A good head, bright eyes, good conformation, firm rounded quarters,
plenty of heart room and sloping shoulders. In the sections A, C+D, he is
looking for knee action. In the B, it is more shoulder action he is looking
for. Also temperament as they are supposed to be children's ponies.

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