Category Archives: Ask a judge

Judging; Visual Impairment

I’ve been searching for advice from a judge, or someone knowledgeable about blindness in morgans, specifically when it comes to showing. My horse has recently lost sight in one eye. We are incredibly lucky he’s taking it well, and was able to keep the eye ball itself, despite it’s impairment, however I am saddened this…

Honest question: Long tails?

I know one thing we all love about Morgans is their ability to grow long manes and tails, but… aren’t the very, very long tails seen in some show horses a safety issue? I got to watch a little bit of the live streaming from OKC, and saw a couple of horses in an equitation…

Judging

Do I dare bring this up? Ok, yes. I dare. It seems people love to gripe about judging. Although I haven’t heard much lately. Maybe I’ve just grown immune to it, or maybe I’m choosing not to look for it. Criticisms are more common than proposed solutions. One solution often mentioned is that we should…

Classic Pleasure question

I have shown in this seat for several years but never with a trainer so have had no professional guidance.  I’ve read here something about a horse who “stood up” in the line and wasn’t necessarily penalized for it?  If “standing up” is also considered parking out/stretching out – I thought we were supposed to…

How to “show” a Morgan?

It seems to me that there are all these ”things” to showing a horse on the rail that I just plain don’t know and/or understand.  A walk is called, and horses continue to trot down the rail, and apparently this is okay.  A horse breaks to a canter twice in a road hack, judge sees it, horse…

Judging Question

Has anyone suggested in the past that when judging equitation the exhibitors be given feedback with regards to how they performed? While at nationals I watched a lot of equitation and I recognized many exhibitors from the past few years.  I am curious as to how the jr. ex.’s are to learn from their show…

Pet Peeves

  I know I can’t be the only one with “pet peeves” about what they see in the show ring.  Most of mine are within the rules but just don’t seem right to me.  I wonder if others agree or have any thoughts.  In no particular order, but all I have seen recently in the…

Hunter Attitude

There has been some discussion of “ask a Judge”. I have a question for a hunter judge:  the description of a Morgan hunter indicates that the picture presented is supposed to evoke a controlled horse who appears capable of travelling cross-country.  The horse should be forward-looking. That being said, who started showing Morgan hunters with  a…

Biased Judging

Ok, this is not a new topic.  It’s been discussed here and elsewhere many times.  But perhaps it’s worth bringing up again.  I don’t have much to contribute to this topic as I’ve never felt a victim of it, nor do I know how it feels to stand in the center of the ring having…

AOT?

I may really be showing my ignorance here, but is there a difference between AOTS and AOTR?  I’ve always heard AOTS as Amateur Owned, Trained and Shown.  But the classes @ P-O are all AOTR which is being announced as Amateur Owner to Ride.  Those phrases could mean 2 very different things. Are they actually…