In any Quarter horse show you watch, all the horses are always so calm and perfect. Why? How? Are they naturally like that, or are they calmed with drugs or something? (in the pleasure/rail classes)
Being selected for personality helps, but the rest is training. Lots of training.
Just to put this out there (and not a personal thing since in large horse I prefer saddletypes; NSH, etc) but there are a lot of people who will cut things or add things from a horses diet to help their horse maintain and calm and collected demeanor if it is not the horse and training alone. Quietex, etc. How extreme people get depends on the level to which they show on.
I remember my very first interning spot with a very very large and known QH training and breeding farm. On the level they show its so importantant to hVe everything perfect that people were doing things I just would never do. I was supposed to be there for 90 days. I never made it 30 for differences of opinions like numbing tails on their western pleasure horses before a show that had a tendency to be responsive with their tails to leg or carrying it wrong.
Thats not every horse. Practice makes perfect on a lot of those horses. Many of them have hours upon hours backing that nice peanut pushing jog.
^^^ I have worked for several trainers, mostly cutting, cowhorse, reiners and at the top level. I was never asked to do anything questionable such as stated above. If a trainer has to resort to questionable tactics to get a horse to show well, they are not a good trainer to start with.
Its good breeding and training that makes a horse show well.
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The sad reality is it exists. :( we all remember the story breaking of Arabian trainers at the top liposuctioning their horses necks? Before the story broke I had never been asked to do it before. And the things like diet are the more common methods used to manage a horses demeanor of the handler feels it will help. That does not mean that best horses are not the ones that are content all natural pitter pattering down the rail. :) its just something to mention but definitely not the majority.
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