. elizabeth .
I'm a hunter jumper and compete in local shows as well as IEA shows. My heart horse is a 16hh Appaloosa thoroughbred cross that I lease. I also ride quarter horses, thoroughbreds, and a few ponies.
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What are some tips for being a groom at a weekend horse show (ie care, being ready and quick)?
Have everything organized in some type of grooming tote or bag and know where everything is. I would also have a second bag or tote with just rags and sprays for last minute details.
My thoroughbred mare travels amazing on the left rein but on the right she drops her shoulder and falls into the circle. Are there any exercises I can try to stop this from happening?
Put 4 poles on the ground in a + formation. Slow trot a circle, trying to stay in the middle of each pole and ask the horse to pick up their shoulder. This is what one person suggested I did with my lease horse and it worked great. It helped reinforce that she had to listen to me when I asked her to pick up her shoulder so when we started cantering again she followed my cues to lift her shoulder. I hope this makes sense and/or helps! :)