Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Ft. Worth, Texas
First of all, he's gorgeous !!!! For halter, it's about conditioning and conformation. You can't do much about conformation, but keep him conditioned and make sure to groom him impeccibly before the show. Regarding the set up, you don't need to work him much - just about 5 minutes a day and he'll be great in a month or so. I started my gelding by backing him into the corner of his stall at a 45 degree angle. This teaches them to get their back feet set and have their back feet under them. Make sure to back him all the way into the corner so his rear is touching the panels of the stall. At first, don;t ask him to stand for very long (maybe 15 - 30 seconds) then praise him and walk him forward a few steps. Back him into the corner again and make him stand. Once he learns how to get the back feet set and will stand without moving for 2 or more minutes, start working on the front feet. In Halter, you can touch your horse, so I touch the opposite side of the withers and lightly tap the top of the hoof with my foot to get him to move his foot. For example, if I want him to move his right foot, I touch the left side of his withers and tap the top of his right hoof with my boot. Once he gets set in the front, make him stand for a little bit, then praise and walk forward. It shouldn't take him very long until he will set his back feet with little effort, then set his front feet by touching the spot on his withers for the foot you want to move.