Healthy Horse Showing, Part 1

You can’t show if your horse isn’t healthy, so make sure you’re keeping him in top shape. Journal photo You can’t show if your horse isn’t healthy, so make sure you’re keeping him in top shape. Journal photo

April 4, 2018
Healthy Horse Showing, Part 1
Help your horse avoid the dreaded horse-show crud with these horse-health tips.

From The American Quarter Horse Journal

Our horses are incredible athletes. When show season rolls around, you want to ensure that your horses are able to compete to the best of their abilities. An infection or injury can sideline your horse before you even show. What can you do to reduce chances of illness or injury at major shows?
These experts weigh in.
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Blanket Up

Especially in chilly weather or air-conditioned areas, you’ll want to cover your horse with a cooler before and after riding and baths.

Cow-horse trainer Jake Telford often shows horses at futurities where the stalls can be cold and the arena warm. He ensures that his horses don’t get chilled by throwing a cooler over them between saddling and riding, and after riding and bathing.
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Consistent Schedule

AQHA Professional Horseman Keith Miller encourages his horses to blow off steam and have some down time at shows like the AQHA World Championship Show by letting them run around a bit in the show ground round pens. He also makes sure his horses are properly warmed up before stressful exercising and cooled down after.
To read more about horse health tips, go to AQHA Daily.