1. Teach your colt to load in a trailer. If all else fails, have one person in the trailer, holding the lead rope while two other people grasp hands behind the colt’s rump and physically push the colt into the trailer. It is best to practice at home – try feeding the colt in the trailer for a good association so that the colt is less likely to get banged up during the trailering process. Always make sure there are dividers between all horses being hauled together. Make sure the horse’s heads are tied in the trailer and that the horse has a good airflow over his body when travelling.
2. Arrive at the show grounds early for a one-day show. A horse taken straight from a trailer is not going to be relaxed and could be stocked-up from the journey. You always want to give it “your best” in the show ring as you have gone to much trouble and expense and also you want to be known for having good quality horses that are well-presented.
3. Some people prefer to take shortcuts in training – one of which is “aceing” your horse before the show. (Aceing is the use of Ace Promazine). Not only is this illegal, but if it is a stallion, it is apparent the horse is tranquilized because his “equipment” usually dangles. I have seen many horses that have been aced, show and win. It has the advantage that you don’t have to spend as much time walking your horse and the horse will appear to be very relaxed and loose – when in reality he may be “wild and woolly.” Not only is this unfair, it is unethical.
4. Remember – unto thine own self be true!! Good luck.

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Last Updated: March 28, 2017

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