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Showmanship in Hand
ES 410

Instructor: Cathy Hanson, PrI, PhT



       This required course is designed primarily to assist instructors who will be training showmanship horses and teaching amateurs and youth to compete in showmanship in hand classes.  The number of showmanship in hand classes is growing rapidly as the competition gains popularity among the biggest segment of the horse industry.

          Students will learn the rules and scoring for showmanship classes with an emphasis on developing a winning edge. Breed association and class procedures are examined. Students will learn how to train showmanship horses, and then will focus attention on how to instruct competitors. Grooming the showmanship horse, as well as the competitor’s grooming are essential elements involved in winning competitions.

          You will be asked to produce a video showing you performing the exercises on your horse which have been described within the lessons and which you have mastered.  You cannot receive a final grade for this course until the video has been submitted and your training work approved. Videos can be loaded to YouTube and the link sent to the instructor; Smart Phones may also be used.

              I. Leading and stopping
                   A. Halter lead and fit
                   B. Body position
                   C. Straightness
                   D. Problem solving

             II. Squaring the feet
                   A. Body position
                   B. Learning the sequence
                   C. Problem solving

            III. Trotting
                   A. Body position
                   B. Problem solving
            IV. Cross Overs
                   A. The three step
                   B. The four step
                   C. Body Position
                   D. Working the judge

             V. Pivots – Right and Left
                   A. Body position
                   B. Problem solving

            VI. Circling
                   A. Turning while walking or trotting

           VII. Backing
                   A. Body position
                   B. Backing straight
                   C. Backing in a curve
                   D. Problem solving

          VIII. Performing simple patterns
                   A. Using cones
                   B. How to present to the judge

           IX. Conditioning the horse
                   A. Feed
                   B. Grooming
                   C. Health care
                   D. Clipping
                   E. Manes and tails

             X. Performing Intermediate Patterns

            XI. Clothes
                    A. Hats
                    B. Boots

           XII. Equipment
                    A. Halters
                    B. Leads

          XIII. Rules, judging and scoring a showmanship pattern

          XIV. Performing advanced patterns

           XV. Preparing to show
                    A. Grooming
                    B. Banding
                    C. Tails
                    E. Clipping
                    F. Clothes
                    G. Warm up
                    H. Mental
                     I. Class procedure

      There are no required textbooks for this course.   

        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out"

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor.  Ms. Hanson is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse is required.
        The student must be able to create and submit videos to demonstrate exercises described in the lessons.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.

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