Tuesday, August 27, 2013
It's that time of year . . . back to school for both K-12 and college. For many of us it also means the end of our show season . . .
Although it's hard to find time to ride and condition your show horse when the fall school routine kicks in, it's beneficial to both you and your horse to continue with some sort of exercise and grooming regimen.
Maybe you don't have time to ride for an hour, but you can probably squeeze 15 minutes in on a lunge line or handwalking. Maintaining muscle tone is crucial for performance . . . .and it isn't fair to your horse to wait until one week before your first show next year to ride.
Grooming, especially for halter and showmanship horses is something that should be main-round if you want to have a good healthy coat and bloom. Horses should still be groomed at least 2-3 times a week during the non-show season.