10-30-2008, 03:58 AM
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Well I can't really comment because the last time my horses were in a stall was when they took a 15min visit to the Chiropractor, and got more tense being IN than out!! But that's because most horses here in New Zealand live outside, all weathers, 24/7
But I can comment on the showing aspect side of things. Makeup is your best friend. I know it sounds stupid right? But seriously horse makeup will hide healing wounds (I mean I wouldn't advise chucking a whole lot of raven's oil over a new, oozing wound on a back leg or nothing), it will hide scars, and even normal blemishes. I used to be show groom for a mate, and seriously yes there is a risk of them being kicked etc, but most things can be fixed, or at least alleviated.
We blanket/rug all our horses... my gelding who is my main showing horse is usually rugged most of the time. I like to let him still be a horse and get air at his back, but usually he's got a rug on. Why? I don't want him to bleach. And secondly he's a big pansy who learnt that rugs were his best friend before I had him on my property... leaving him unrugged on a windy cool day is asking for him to throw a tantrum, seriously. Over winter I double rug my horses... and I also have a rug for each season (Heavy weight for winter, lighter one for spring/autumn, and summer rug for summer... and an underrug for winter too).
I'm not too sure how you'd take this, but like everyone else is saying, horses need to be horses... if I could, I'd wrap my gelding up in cotton wool... especially if he's going to give me the antics a week before the show again the next time I take him out (ripped his rug when he fell, was stiff for days, scraped himself very lightly two days before the show etc).. but I understand he needs to be able to express himself - his very unco, accident prone self ;)
Good luck, take the chance, let your guy out to have a run of the field... it'll do him a world of good :)