Follow these tips to make your overall horse-showing look tidy and balanced. Photo © The American Quarter Horse Journal

Detail Oriented Horse Showing

Whether you’re a serious competitor, a horse-show mom or a trainer, you know it’s important to sweat the small stuff at horse shows. A tidy, business-like image tells the judge, “I’m serious about doing a good job.” Focusing on the excellent points brings together a polished image.

“Details are so important,” says trainer Dana Hokana of Temecula, California. “That extra finish matters. In western pleasure, the main thing the judges see is your profile, so make sure it’s just right. Double-check everything.”

Before you enter the arena, Dana recommends having someone with a knowledgeable eye walk around you and your horse. Notice straps not tucked in, dusty boots or dull silver.

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