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How to Groom Your Arabian-Type Horse for Halter Classes
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How to Groom Your Arabian-Type Horse for Halter Classes

A halter class refers to a non-riding horse-show class that involves presenters showing their horses in hand. Here, a horse is judged according to the quality of its physical conformation and appearance. Though most equine breed associations hold their own halter classes, presentation requirements in each of them will depend on the breeds involved. If you want to see your Arabian placing in a halter class, then you need to know how to groom him appropriately.

Arabian Halter Classes

During their equine shows, the Arabian Horse Association holds its halter classes, where horses are rated by judges based on their conformity to the Arabian breed type and standard, i.e. how well built the animals are. They are also evaluated for quality of breeding, their general physical condition and grooming, their bodies’ mobility, bone and muscle density as well as for their behavior and overall presence in the ring.

Arabian Grooming

In addition to being sleek, an Arabian horse that is well-groomed will also have a shiny coat. He should not be having any kind of winter coat. If this is the case, then you need to clip him until he becomes sleek again. In order to condition his coat and give him a shiny appearance, use a specially-designed grooming solution to spray him down. Apply hoof polish on the horse’s hooves and clip any stray hair on his ears, eyes and around the muzzle. Oiling the muzzle also gives the horse a much more polished look.

Mane & Tail

Brush out your Arabian horse's tail carefully. Keep it free of tangles and knots. To ensure that the tail remains smooth in the show ring, spray it with a leave-in conditioner. Leave your Arabian’s mane long since, unlike in most other breed associations, their manes should be worn long and natural. French-braid the mane down the length of your horse’s neck for a running- braid style, or create a continental braid by banding it into a diamond pattern.

Equipment

Typically, Arabian halter horses will be shown wearing light halters or headstalls equipped with throat latches. These show halters are often made of very delicate and thin leather, sometimes with silver, crystal or bead decorations. Such halters’ light design is meant to accentuate the Arabian head’s distinctive shape. In the Arabian Horse Association, handlers are also allowed to use whips or crops during competition. However, overusing the crop could lead to penalization.

 

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