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7 tips for preparing your horse for a show

  1. Plan ahead: Start preparing your horse for the show at least a few months prior to the event. Make sure to schedule regular training sessions and stick to a consistent routine. In the week before the show, make sure to groom and bathe your horse frequently, so that their coat is clean and shiny for the big event.
  1. Get your horse in shape: Before the show, make sure your horse is in good physical condition. This will take a few months at least. A horse that is not fit, will struggle with the stress caused by showing. Also, this includes regular exercise, a healthy diet, and proper grooming.
  1. Practice your groundwork: Practice jogging your horse and walking them in unfamiliar locations. This helps your horse get used to the show environment and will make them more comfortable in the ring.
  1. Introduce your horse to the show environment: If at all possible, take your horse to the showgrounds before the event to help them get used to the sights and sounds of the show environment. This will help reduce stress on the day of the show.
  1. Check your equipment: Create a checklist of all the items you might need for the show. Make sure all of your equipment is clean and in good condition. This includes your saddle, bridle, and any other gear you’ll be using.
  1. Pack a show kit: Pack a kit with all the essentials you’ll need on the day of the show, including brushes, combs, hoof picks, braiding supplies, and any other grooming supplies.
  1. Stay calm and focused: On the day of the show, stay calm and focused. Remember that your horse can sense your emotions, so try to remain relaxed and confident. Stick to your routine and trust in the preparation you’ve done leading up to the event. If there are any friends or family members that cause you stress or anxiety, make sure that they keep their distance an hour or two before you get on your horse.

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