Lot 184 Sweet Lou – Betshes Precious – Bettors Delight
Preparing yearlings for sale requires several steps to ensure the young horse looks its best and is trained to handle the sales day environment. Here are some general guidelines to follow:
Basic Training: Ensure the yearling has a basic level of training that includes halter training, leading, and standing calmly for grooming and inspections. You must also teach them to pick up their feet for inspections, cleaning, trimming and or shoeing.
Grooming: Regular grooming is essential to keep the yearling’s coat, mane, and tail healthy and shiny. This includes daily brushing and currying to remove dirt, dust, and loose hair, as well as bathing and conditioning as needed. It’s also a good idea to trim the yearling’s mane and tail neatly.
Conditioning: A yearling that’s well-conditioned will look its best in the show ring. You can achieve this through regular exercise, on a jogger, walker ( maximum of 20 minutes per session ) lunging, and the best of all, long walks up and down hills as well as time in a safe paddock or pasture.
Health and Nutrition: Make sure the yearling is up-to-date on vaccinations and deworming, and that their diet provides the proper balance of nutrients for their age and breed. Consult with a veterinarian or equine nutritionist if you have any concerns about your horse’s health or nutrition.
Practice for the Sales Weekend Experience : If you plan to take your yearling’s to a sale, it’s important to get them accustomed to the sales environment. This includes practicing loading and unloading onto a float, standing calmly in a stall or tie-up area, and walking and trotting calmly in hand. You may also want to expose your yearling to loud noises, crowds, and other distractions to help them learn to focus on their handler and stay calm in the sales ring.
Presentation: When presenting your yearling for a sale, make sure they’re clean, well-groomed, and neatly turned out. This includes dressing appropriately for the occasion and ensuring that the yearling’s halter, lead, and other equipment fit properly and are in good condition.
Overall, preparing a yearling for sale requires patience, attention to detail, and a commitment to the horse’s health and well-being. By following these guidelines, you can help ensure that your young horse looks and performs their best in any situation.
The outstanding preparers in Western Australia that will have horses in the APG Sale on offer at the Magic Millions Sales Complex, 2/56 Dale Road, Middle Swan, WA on March 5 are amongst the very best in Australasia.
Some great examples of these preparers that clearly have the above “down pat” an instantly come to mind would be:
|Dr Ed Dewar
|Kody & Kevin Charles