View Full Version : Show Prep for yearling

29-01-08, 03:41 AM
Hello everyone,

I am just after some suggestions with the following.

I have a yearling gelding that I was hoping to start to show in his led classes at a small show next weekend.

He is in good show condition at the moment BUT what am I to do with his tail? Do I just leave it? Do I cut it? He still has a baby tail and as far as im aware the tail is normally left untouched basically but then I have seen other young ones with cut tails and falsies??

This is my first youngster that I have ever shown or showed so im not sure what I needs to be done!

Thanks in advance. Oh and if anyone has photos they can show me of their babies done up that would be great as well!.

29-01-08, 04:13 AM
Hi, not sure if I'm much help but the picture below is a filly my friend prepared for a big show. I think she looks stunning. Tail left ala-natural

29-01-08, 04:32 AM
Here's my RP yearling at his first show - tail au naturale


My, how time flies - he is now away being started undersaddle!

29-01-08, 08:28 AM
Thanks guys for your help. I was actually thinking about callng you LB if noone replied to me on here!

I was hoping I wouldnt have to cut his tail not yet anyway!

29-01-08, 09:00 AM
Remember Kylie show prep starts months in advance. The horse needs to be on a good ballanced diet and possibally rugging etc if you want to. (some manage to hold a nice coat without being rugged).
I started show prepping my colt about 6 weeks ago. This involved adjusting his feed with coat conditioners and a few other bits and peices to boost his condition. He was also rugged and his tail put in a rugless tail bag.
From there he's washed atleast once a fornight (this varies for people, some don't wash and some do frequently) as is his tail which is put straight back in the tail saver and he's also brushed daily (body only).
I only brush his mane and tail once a week or fornight (when ever he's washed) and only when conditioner is in them, this prevents any breakages and hair loss, too much brushing can do this.
I also keep the relevent area's needed all clipped up and clean, like legs, bridle-path, face etc. This also helps get your yearling used to the clippers. My colt is fine with the clippers now and almost fine with me doing his ears.
Also don't forget your handling. Everytime I lead my colt anywhere I lead him like he's at a show. When I stand chatting to someone etc, I stand up to 6 feet away and he's expected to stand still (and he does) and simple things like this are great to get into a habit.
Here he is before show prep:



And here he is just the other day:




29-01-08, 01:27 PM
Forgot to mention happy showing :), its great fun showing babies.

P.S what breed is your yearling? Alot of yearlings have their tail braided, for eg: riding ponies, thoroughbreds, other pony breeds etc.
It helps to read through your breeds rules and standard of turnout and that will give you a better idea of what is expected.

29-01-08, 01:42 PM
Thanks Kelsarni for your help.

I have basically done everything you have mentioned. He has been fully rugged since he was 5 months old.

He has been mouthed, has his bridle on everytime I practise leading him. Like you have also said I do similar to you in that I always act as though I am in a lead class and I also make him stand there when I talk to someone.

I often take him out and about and done the road with and without other horses so he gets used to different surroundings.

He gets bathed about once every 2-3 weeks when I change his rugs over.

He is on a good diet and also gets oil and livermole.

I actually started last week with using the clippers and he was such a good boy ( very suprising!) the only thing he would not let me do is his ears but I am going to do them this week.

He has also been on the float quiet a few times. We sometimes just take him to the local pony club grounds just so he gets used to the float etc.

The main thing I was stumped on was his tail! I have seen a few youngins with trimmed tails and I didnt know if this was expected or not in yearling classes.

By the way your boy is a cutie and sounds very well behaved!

Below is a pic of my guy taken about 3 weeks ago.



29-01-08, 02:20 PM
"I was actually thinking about callng you LB if noone replied to me on here!"

LOL - call me anyway coz we are loooong overdue on catching up and I am STILL to meet the lovely Lochie. I also have two new lovely babies for you to meet (fillies this time AT LAST.....YeeeeeeeeeeHAW!) I plan to be at the farm next w/e so we can catch up for a goss ;-)

29-01-08, 02:25 PM
Oh wow isn't your boy cute!!!

A tip for getting him used to clippers. Just about everytime you brush him hold a cordless clipper with the brush so he gets used to the noise all over his body but your regularily brushing him as you do. I do this all the time even though it doesn't phase my boy lol. Your boy will get used to it as it becomes a ruiteen.
Even though my colt is good with his ears I do them while he's eating and only to one swipe before I turn the clippers off and pat him a goodboy :), I'm totally clipping them out on the weekend ready for his show the next weekend.
I live a four hour drive from the metro (in the country) so my colt got used to floating pretty quick!!! lol
And personally I think your gelding would look lovely with a braided tail. He's got a thick tail and a lovely bum and it would just finish it all off :).

Forgot to add show pictures of my colt, this is him at the two shows his breeders took him too before I bought him home, bear in mind he's young and freshly clipped! lol:


Perth Royal Show:



29-01-08, 02:49 PM
hehehe - Kylie is not a total newbie, Kelsarni - her last horse, OTTB and Lochie's dam, was top 3 at Sydney Royal, and this was ALL Kylie's work ;-)

29-01-08, 03:59 PM
Who said I thought she was a newbie??? How am I expected to know any different anyway.

She's been lovely enough to say thanks for the advice and my time anyway even though she already knew it. Seems like a lovely lady. I know I'm always interested in hearing how people prep their horses to learn anything new.

29-01-08, 04:06 PM
Sorry didn't mean for that to sound so rude.

30-01-08, 01:38 AM
~~waves to Kelsarni~~

hehe - MUCH too easy to be paranoid if you post at CH these days, isn't it? I knew you weren't being rude and really hope my post didn't sound like a putdown either - I am just VERY proud of what Kylie, former captain of our PC, achieved with Mel and am hoping she does just as well with her progeny ;-)

30-01-08, 03:21 AM
Thanks again for your help guys....

LB Will you be home on Saturday?

I was actually wondering the other day if Wish ended up having a bub. I had a look on your website but there was nothing there.

Anyway if you are home on Satuday I might call around?

30-01-08, 05:39 AM
I understand :).