Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Does the show call for the foal turned loose or shown in a halter/lead?
If it's turned loose, just practice trotting the mare in the arena so the foal learns that it only has to trot at her side... without hiding between her and the fence. I've seen a lot of foals get turned loose and when the mare trots off, they FLIP. Gallop, buck, stop, spin, gallop back to mare... the whole shebang. And then they judge doesn't REALLY get to see the movement.
If he has to be shown in a halter, then you really need to practice. Practice just as you would with an older horse. The mare can trot along to, so that will give him some incentive, but I know at USDF shows, they want the babies to trot out in front of the mares... that can be tricky. So, check your rule book so you know how to prepare.
As for turnout - what type of show is it? Some people clip their babies, but I think that is unecessary unless you're going to a REALLY big show. Judges surely know that babies shed and can look a little moth eaten at times. No biggie.... it doesn't affect movement/conformation.
As for bathing, make sure mare and foal are clean (and braided if need be).
Good luck! Relax and have fun! Remember, the main thing with showing babies is that they behave... any ribbons are cake ;)
And I think Wombat is the cutest. name. EVER! :)
-Melanie Mom to 3 bays: Beau, Daisy & Cavalina