With these tips on caring for your horse, you can make your horse look like a million dollar show horse.
The popular saying: “For the first impression you get no second chance” is very true when it comes to presenting your horse at a horse show. Whether you are showing in hand or under saddle, it’s about the moment you step into the ring. This is the moment you have the undivided attention of the judge and he makes his first impression of you. When you enter the ring the first thing the judge will notice is the overall impression of your horse and your presentation. This is your best chance to impress the judges.
Many horse owners devote a significant amount of time training, practicing, and perfecting their horse’s training. The appearance of the horse often falls to the wayside. The presentation of the horse is as important as the performance.
“The condition of the horse plays a big role in the overall picture, since it doesn’t matter which class the horse is in,” said Richard Petty from Santa Barbara, CA, who has been judging horses since 1978. "A rider and a horse with a good appearance is what catches the judge’s eye first. We can tell when a horse owner is proud of his work, it shows in the presentation of his horse", says Petty.
Petty describes a horse should be “clean, shaved, and thoroughly maintained.” He goes on to say “you will be surprised how many horses come to the demonstration ring that still have chips in their tails or where there is still poop stains on the fur.”
It takes some time to make your horse show ring ready. The care for your horse should happen long before the show takes place. It is as much of a daily routine as feeding is. Regular maintenance is not just for show-horses, but also for every horse.
Here are 40 tips on how you can prepare your horse to make a great first impression:
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