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http://www.showhorsepromotions.com/equitation.htm is a link to some
general patterns (I have used these for shows I have put on and I have also
seen similar patterns at shows I have competed in).
For patterns in general work on straight lines, sitting and posting trot (if
your doing English)m, and circles. Also focusing on walk/trot, walk/canter,
canter/trot, canter/walk transitions with emphasis on correct, accurate leads
and diagonals, and clean transitions can help in your pattern and in the show
ring in general.
Showmanship- if your horse is fairly polite about treats you can try brining
in a cookie or a mint he can nibble on during the standing parts (I used a mint
to get my mare to stretch her neck out during her conformation classes but she
could get a little demanding during the lineup if she was expecting a treat
every time we did halter practice). To help get him to trot in hand have
someone help you the next few times you practice. The extra person should stand
to where they can encourage them from behind when you cue him to trot.
Trail- practice turning on the forehand and haunches while you are on the
ground. Push him with your hand where your foot would be to 'cue' him for the
turn (ex: to cue him for a turn on the forehand your hand would be a little
behind the girth line...then for a turn on the haunches you would move your
hand forward a little). Take it slow and don't let him rush...start by having
him step over one step..praise him...then another step. focus on precision
instead of speed until he gets the cues and footwork down.
For the gates practice side passes and also practice leaning to grab
something so he learns that if you lean and tell him to stand...he needs to
stand. Since he is on the taller side practice getting very close to rails,
gates, and other objects and leaning down. Remember to take it slow and be
patient with him.
Hope this helps...good luck!