What is your feeding/conditioning/grooming routine? (H/J show specific?)
Hi, I am new to the forum. I decided to post in horse care rather than H/J, even though that is the type of riding I do.
I would like to make my show horses look better. I have mostly TB's, and I show H/J. Certain disciplines have their own methods to accomplish what is considered "ideal" in the ring, so I'd love to hear from the H/J folks, but I welcome anyone's input! For instance, in hunter-land, the 'round' (or fat-fit ;) ) look is more desirable than in some other disciplines. But I do not want an obese horse that is too winded by walking out of his stall to be able to go around a few courses. My horses look good, but they could definitely look better!
I would like to know what is involved in your conditioning regimens. I am interested not only in what sort of work your horses get, but also what your horse eats and what sort of grooming routine you do. The more specific you can get, the better! If you can break down what you do, how long you do it, what you feed (brand names are fine, I can research what the ingredients are on my own, but as all brands are not available everywhere, if you feed a 12%, 14%, etc., feed, what kind of hay, and so on) that would be very helpful. How much do you feed for your horse's size and breed?
Horse gets ridden for an hour? How much time do you spend walking, trotting, cantering, lateral work, and so on? How many times per week? Does the horse get hacked in the morning with a lesson/training session in the afternoon? I'm thinking more about specifically conditioning work, i.e., getting the horse looking fit, not necessarily drilling a horse to death on something challenging or difficult to them. I'm interested in general fitness, but if lessons and training rides are part of the fitness routine, please include that.
It can be difficult to get specific information from people about how they got their horses to look A-rated show fabulous.
How do you achieve your show ring look? (And I realize that I have asked for some very specific questions and the answers could be, "It depends..." which is why I would like to know as much as possible, down to what kind of horse you have and how big they are, not just what you do on a daily basis. The more info the better, but I know I've asked a lot of questions, and I know I will get a variety of answers to the same questions. I'd like to be able to try things until I get what I want. I have hard keepers and easy keepers, and what works best for the quiet fat one may not work well for the high strung slender one who eats a ton but works it all off standing still!)
Thanks for taking the time to read and share your expertise. :)