Sometimes the practice pen can feel as intimidating as the show ring. Photo © Kirstie Marie

Warm-Up Pen Etiquette

With the Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show upon us, now is the time to brush-up on horse-showing warm-up pen etiquette.

I like to prepare for a show weeks in advance.

I usually pull my horse’s mane at least two weeks ahead of time. I clip his socks around the same time. I start packing the trailer with various assorted items at least a few days before the event.

But I have a good reason for doing so. In the past, I’ve forgotten a girth,a bridle and – horror upon horrors – my English riding boots.

There’s nothing like that stomach-dropping moment when you realize that you can’t show because you apparently left your brain back at the barn – along with your boots.

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