Originally Posted by Sullivan17
The person I work with for Showmanship "always" tells me present your horse like its the best horse in the world and make that idea SHOW!.. make your moves sharp...
Excellent advice. You need to act the part of the class winner every minute you are in view of the judge(s). The confidence you project will dramatically improve the overall quality of your pattern.
I Love Lane also had great advice. You can never practice enough. My trainer once told me a good showmanship horse has been asked to set up correctly 1000 times before s/he ever sets foot in a class and great one has done it 100,000 times. I practice set ups every time I groom. I put the chain on the horse, stand him/her up and get to work. Every time they, move, I set them up again until they associate the chain on the halter with standing square. 99 times out of 100, my retired show mare will stop totally square if you have a chain under her chin.