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Showmanship Skills

The skills needed to show at halter also ensure that your horse will be well-behaved and responsive around the barn.

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Make sure your horse will walk beside you in a straight line at the pace you decide. This also comes in handy when trotting for the vet or walking past other horses.

You’ve seen sleekly groomed horses move in sync with their handlers while outfitted in halters with shining silver. The horses stand at attention with their legs in perfect alignment. They walk, trot, pivot and stop with perfect cadence. Teaching your horse to move this way takes practice, but it can help you develop a partnership—one where you know your horse will cooperate no matter where you lead.

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