How to prepare a green horse for a show - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 05-27-2010, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Kansas
Posts: 1,567
• Horses: 7
How to prepare a green horse for a show

In another thread, this topic was barely touched on, but I thought it was a little too off topic. So I started this thread.

I believe there are a lot of things you can do to prepare your horse for a show (as far as not being nervous or badly behaved).

What are some of the things you do? I like to invite a bunch of people over to ride and then sit around and make lots of noise while the horses are tied up. I like to play a loud radio every now and then, followed by hauling to all kinds of events where there are PA's. I also like to make them get used to being away from their herdmates.

Learning never stops
aforred is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 05-27-2010, 11:31 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ontario
Posts: 346
• Horses: 1
I usually start by making sure they are well behaved on the ground. I work with my horses on the ground all the time, from leading, tieing to different things, bathing, clipping, etc. I also like to go for trail rides where they can't know what is going to happen, I take them into the bush and also into town where they get exposed to many different and new things. The good thing about going into town is that they have to deal with the noise and traffic. I have found that once my horses have experianced this showing is nothing.

That's about it I guess, I have found that the best thing for them is to just go. You can do as much prep work as you want but you will never know for sure what your horse is going to do. If you get it out of the way early on in their training then you are ahead of the game. I take my horses to show in their 2yr old year when they are still learing to deal with new things. The good thing I have found with this is that they are still in that "I don't know what's suppost to be scary so I'm just going to take my que from you" stage. This way if I'm calm then they tend to stay calm.
Silvera is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 05-27-2010, 11:50 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
I just get out and do it. I'm not a big believer in 'setting up' situations for my horses - I would rather put them in the real thing and deal with it there.

I'm lucky in that I can take my horses to PC where there are lots of horses and different things going on. I pony green horses a lot, through the city and beside an industrial area with a recycling plant that makes some horrible noises.

I've never really had any issues at a show.

wild_spot is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 05-27-2010, 11:50 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Queensland, Australia
Posts: 627
• Horses: 5
I make sure that the horse I am showing is well behaved with me before I take him out. He can't be misbehaving or anything like that. I sometimes take them out into the bush depending on the weather (heat + sun = snakes). But mostly I just make sure that they are going perfectly in the arena, moving off my leg nicely and listening to all of my aides.
Then I take them to the competition, just a small one to start out with. Usually 50 horses max. Then I can pinpoint what he's scared of easier. I found out at Toby's first show that he's terrified of horsedrawn vehicles, the neighbouring garden nursery and being tied to trees.
SO... I grabbed a wheelbarrow and carted it around and around and around with feed in it, until he stopped freaking out and saw that it wasn't hurting me and that he wouldn't get feed until he could eat out of it. He's now fine with horse drawn carts and I've done similar things with his other fears. Now because he's getting used to me and getting used to completely random things, he's not spooking at everything that moves at a competition.
He's really the only spooky horse I've had - Barcoo and Joe are bombproof and excitement proof. Pretty silly, because Toby raced at Flemington racetrack in Melbourne -_-

...Every rider has that one horse that changes everything about them...
ellygraceee is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 05-28-2010, 12:14 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 5,892
• Horses: 2
I try my very best to not change a thing a week before the show. Same routine if possible, that way everything seems a bit 'normal' to them. We practice loading and unloading, standing tied at the trailer or a tree...loud noises arent much of a problem as we have a pretty loud barn full of birds and other animals. My favorite tip came from my first horse 20 years ago. He was very picky about his water and would only drink at the farm. He would get one cup of apple juice in every bucket (a farmer suggested jack daniels but I was a wee bit too young to be buying whiskey!) I do this for all our horses that show now. The last thing you need at a horse show is a horse who will not drink!
corinowalk is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 05-28-2010, 08:14 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 13
• Horses: 0
adventures

Let him do many and more adventures. You should always try to give a healthy environment to him.
BestJumping is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 05-28-2010, 05:27 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 3,220
• Horses: 0
I'm with Wild Spot on this one. Sure, you can do things to help desensitize your horse, but IMO the best way to prepare your horse for a show is to just take him there. Whenever there's a free spot on the trailer I always throw in a few greenies just to get them in a new place, see new things, learn how to work in a new environment, etc. Hopefully by the time they're actually going to enter the show ring they've been a few places and it won't be as big a deal (although sometimes it still is!). Also my priority is that it's a positive experience for them so they won't dread getting back on the trailer the next time.
upnover is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 05-28-2010, 05:31 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 322
• Horses: 0
I can throw stones into a show park from where my horses are... so I just take them over there when a show is being hosted to get them used to the action.
Cougar is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Taking a green horse to their first show... CloudsMystique Horse Shows 6 10-05-2009 12:32 AM
To help me prepare? please help>>paint horse coat PaintsTheWorld Horse Grooming 16 06-17-2009 03:10 PM
Green Trainer/Green Horse wanderlust Horse Training 33 05-18-2009 03:01 PM
What do you do to prepare for a show? Harlee rides horses Horse Grooming 4 02-17-2009 03:56 AM
How do you prepare your horse? Zanesgirl Horse Training 5 02-13-2009 06:04 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome