Page 1 STOCK HORSE PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION With Julie Wardell It takes about six weeks to prepare a horse for competition.
The following six points in show preparation are vital if you wish to be competitive in the show ring: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Worming Feeding Shoeing and or corrective hoof care if necessary Rugging Tail care Training Stand back and take stock of your horse.
What sort of condition is he in? Six weeks before our first show most of our show horses are stabled, but I can prepare a horse for the show ring just as well, but not quite as easily, in the paddock.
To have your horse in show condition he has to shine from within.
To reach this goal your horse must be 100% healthy. 1.
WORMING The first thing we do when we bring a horse in for show preparation is to give him a worm drench. 2.
FEEDING After worming, a feeding programme should be worked out.
There are many products on the market today that will suit your particular horse.
Read the label on the bag – check to see if the product within contains ingredients that will give you what your horse requires.
We find that good hay in generous amounts will bulk him out.
Specially prepared oil products or canola oil daily will help to produce a shiny coat.
After about four weeks your horse will start to look and feel pretty good.
If you find he is starting to get a bit above himself and becoming a bit of a handful under saddle then it’s time to reduce his rations. Page 2 3. HOOF CARE Shoeing an/or corrective hoof care if necessary.
Get your horse’s feet in good order.
Regular shoeing will do this.
If you are showing a young horse, have a critical look at his legs and the way he places his feet.
He may need corrective trimming.
In the six weeks you have given yourself for his preparation, with corrective trimming you should be able to have him placing his feet and tracking correctly.
It’s a good idea to have the horse’s feet trimmed or shod at least a week before your event thus avoiding any chance of tenderness. 4.
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