Never done it other than in fun schooling shows. What is it that they look for in Clydesdale Mares and Belgian Geldings. Next year Sammy will have his first year in rated shows from what I know of and Caleigh is being thrown back in the ring after not seriously showing for 4 years.
This year Caleigh and I have done two schooling shows and had a great time. The second schooling show I brought Sammy and did one fun class. The rest of this year both are being entered in 4 winter series shows and one Halloween show, all fun shows with ribbons up to 7th place. However all the shows will be practice for next summer when I start both of them in rated shows.
My trainer said she'll help me with what she can but she doesn't specialize in drafts and has only shown halter in the lighter breeds. From what I've read and asked so far this is what I remember from showing when I was younger in the lighter breeds.
You're given a pattern. You walk up to the cone, square your horse and wait for the judge to nod you forward. You nod and walk to the judge, normally pivot and back a few steps, trot in hand around, stop and square your horse. If it's a mare you show they're teeth and if it's a gelding he better as hell not be dropped!
That's all I remember. Is it different for drafts?
Sammy can't square to save his life so he's learning, he trots great in hand but needs to work on his halts. Caleigh takes a good dragging to get her to trot SLOWLY in hand and she lags behind but she can halt and square almost perfectly 90% of the time. She showed in halter since she was a yearling up until she was 6
Would I need to trim up tails and manes
Do they both need a full set of shoes?
What about hoof polish, Caleigh I know would be clear but is Sammy black?