Scars in Halter Classes?
I am looking to show my four year old paint stallion. Here is a couple photos:
He has two scars on one front leg - they are well healed, though apparent. They do not effect the way he moves at all, but I wondered if the scars would be a detriment to his show career? Please let me know! Thank you so much!
Shouldn't be an issue. Plenty of show horses have scars.
Maybe it's showmanship I was thinking of, but I thought that big/obvious scars could be detrimental in classes like Halter. Maybe it is more a part of the case of if it comes down to a scarred horse and an unscarred horse, the one with no blemishes will place.
If they are healed, they shouldn't count it against you.
Now, if the cut was recent, they could take points off if it looks as though you have done nothing to care for it.
^ Joey literally sliced his skin off his leg two months before he was shown in Halter. My instructor did everything in his power to make it heal, but there just wasn't enough time for it to completely heal up. So we put a pad over it and wrapped it in pink vet-wrap to make his leg look cleaner.
The judged asked me what happened to his leg and how we were treating it, and I told her, but hse never marked me down for it.
The judge may ask what happened, but with scars I don't think that will be very likely.
EDIT* Another thing I will add is I don't think a little scar is going to matter unless your horse looks like he had been thrown into a blender. That may cause you to lose points.
I'm thinking no only because I put Beauty in an open class and she won the class with her leg and it actually healed slightly larger than the other leg (due to scar tissue).
I do think the comment about showmanship may be correct though... not positive though.
As a judge and showman, show him. Scars shouldn't affect his placing. I will say that if they are noticeable in areas like knees or hocks, I will watch every step that horse makes much more closely to be sure it doesn't affect soundness. There are also several things you can use to cover them up and make them less noticeable.
As far as the showing side, this happened last summer. One of my students loves my big gray broodmare and wanted to halter her at her 4-H fair to accumulate more points towards the high point award. They hauled her, but tied her in the trailer...I never tie...forgot to UN-TIE her before they asked her to back out. When she did as asked and hit tension she flipped her head up and scraped a 3 inch chunk off the side of her cheek. Just peeled hair and small bit of skin (nothing major, but she was bloody) I spoke to the judge and let him know what happened and she showed her anyway. We packed her with vaseline like a boxer to keep the bleeding to a minimum....end of story, she stood Grand Champion western mare, bloody face and all, then repeated 2 days later as Grand Champion hunter mare with her fresh scrape. So by all means, don't let a scar dissuade you from showing!
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Thank you all very much! I really appreciate all of your input - I'm completely "show" inept, so it's a great blessing to have advice from those people who have been there. :) Thanks!
Learn something new every day!
Meant to tell you that it would probably take me a bit to even notice his scar...I'd have to get done ooohing and aaahing over his color :) I'm a big sucker for a tri. He has a cute rear end and his 2 tone tail is like the icing on the cake lol! Good luck in your show endeavors!
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:D Thank you!
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