Show Prep Tips Designed to Keep Your Horse Healthy
You’ve been training and practicing for months. Your mare is right where you want her to be, and now it’s time to get to the show and give her a chance to strut her stuff. But you can’t just show up at the show like you do when you practice. You need to primp, groom, tweak—anything you can think of to make her look absolutely stunning. But are there long-term effects? Could you be doing something that might not be in your horse’s best interest?

Verena Affolter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECVP, of the University of California, Davis, thinks so. Affolter has lectured on skin pathology, and she says that sometimes grooms and owners pr

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