In the world, there are approximately 75,000,000 horses and 350 breeds of horses that can be found around the world (circlerranch.com). Horses are amazing and beautiful creatures that may be used as show horses or a family pet. Show horses require many hours of daily preparation in order to be competitive in the show ring. I have grown up with horses my whole life. I watched my mother show horses and followed in her footsteps.
The most important aspects of show day are the appearance and the way the horse presents itself to the horse judge. The judge will look at the structure, muscle, and balance of the horse. To be competitive on show day, the horse must be healthy and have a good attitude. A horse requires a balanced diet. The horse should have no need for additional supplements unless the owner knows that he or she is suffering from a deficiency. The show horse should be well conditioned but not carry too much extra fat (Boyes). The amount of grain given to the horse depends on its weight. Proper nutrition gives the horse a shiny coat. Clean water should be available at all times. A mature horse may drink twelve gallons of water a day (North Dakota State University). The horse requires grooming and training, in order to be prepared for show day.
Horse owners may forget about the importance of the horse’s dental health. Yearly, the horse should have its teeth “floated”. Floating is the removal of the sharp or jagged edges. Sedating the horse is recommended for safety issues during the equine dental floating process. If a horse has poor dental health, it could have trouble eating and may lose weight. Horse’s teeth grow constantly until they get into their mid twenties. There teeth last up to twenty or twenty five years, with an average amount of wear (Baker).
The halter horse should be muscular and fit; this will catch the judge’s eye. In order to be muscular the horse needs proper exercise. Backing and trotting are the main exercises that the trainer should concentrate on. Backing builds up a horse’s hind end, while trotting creates even muscles on each side of the horse. Exercising helps the horse in many ways. It doesn’t only give it firm and sculpt muscles; it affects its overall health too.
Shampooing and conditioning the horse is extremely important. The horse should be beautiful and spotless. Never put conditioner in the horse’s mane if the horse is going to have its mane braided or banded for a show because the bands will slip out. There are many different braiding styles for the horse’s mane, there is a hunter braid, a running braid, and a continental braid (Raspberryridge.com). The horse’s mane can even be banded. Horse’s manes will differ from horse to horse, based on the size of the horse, how bulky the neck is, and what it looks like with the overall structure and build of the horse. Quarter horses and thoroughbreds look better with short manes. Arabians and gaited horses prefer...