Take your time

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

I would like to of­fer some ad­vice to the writer of “Three to Get Ready” (Con­sul­tants, EQUUS 438) who wanted to take her spooky off-the-track­Thor­ough­bred to a show after a month and a half. I sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ate OTTBs. I’ve ed­u­cated a num­ber of them, and I’ve been an eques­trian coach in dres­sage, event­ing and hunter jumpers for roughly 38 years now, maybe a bit more, both here and in Europe.

My ad­vice is to let the horse tell you when he’s ready to show, not to set a time for him. Cer­tainly build your re­la­tion­ship and trust at home, and if pos­si­ble, trailer him off your prop­erty at least once a week to school at other ar­eas. Stick to the same school­ing rou­tine you do at home, con­tinue the trust and re­la­tion­ship build­ing in a va­ri­ety of en­vi­ron­ments, and eval­u­ate where there are holes and where the progress has been.

If you’d like to go to a show, go to a school­ing show first ... but not to com­pete. Un­load, ac­cli­mate your horse and ba­si­cally school---just like at home, us­ing ev­ery quiet calm school­ing tech­nique you do at home, and make sure you’re not ex­cited, ei­ther.

Most of the Thor­ough­breds I’ve worked with learn fast and are calm for the most part. They’ve been ex­posed to travel, crowds and the hus­tle and bus­tle of the rac­ing en­vi­ron­ment. As ath­letes they have an amaz­ing amount to of­fer. Ch­eryl Casati Mon­rovia, Cal­i­for­nia

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