Photo courtesy of Equinational 1 – Asses your horse’s strengths and weaknesses. Practise your show at home and see what works best for you and your horse. Keep it simple, keep it short. 2 – Listen to the judge or steward and be prepared to do a different show to the one you have practised if so requested. Watch what the competitors above you do.
Clare and Glen photo courtesy of Equinational 1 – Training a show horse is no different to training any other kind of horse, know what you want to achieve and be very black and white with your horse, so he understands what you want. 2 – One of the best horse trainers in the world from the Swiss Knie Circus told me “The horse is never wrong; it is just that we have not explained it to him properly.”
Clare Blaskey and Glenn - photo courtesy of Real Time Imaging Whilst it is important for your horse to be in perfect condition for the show ring, you must always be aware of them putting on too much condition and the associated links with laminitis and being overweight. Weight can be assessed accurately on a weigh-bridge, but if this is not possible then a weigh tape can be used.
Improving your preparation and ‘ring craft’ at shows can really help to ‘catch the judge’s eye’ and wow them with that winning performance. Blue Chip founder and successful show horse producer Clare Blaskey has an enviable track record in the show ring. Clare has won the Best Trained Show Horse at the National Championships ten times. To see her latest winning performance on I’m Blue Chip Too, visit https://www.bluechipfeed.com/best-trained/ Clare has been placed at many major top shows including HOYS, where Clare’s horses have competed almost every year since she was 5 years old. Clare has put together her top tips for horse showing from her wealth of experience, to help improve confidence and help you show off your horse...