Preparation of your horse for Inspection

PREPARATION OF THE HORSE:
Braiding and bridling are not required. However, the horse should handle well: i.e. Stand quietly to be measured: height, heart girth, cannon bone. It should also tolerate being shown in hand (walk and trot) and being stood up in front of the judges.
The inspectors prefer to see horses unshod, but they should be properly trimmed ( as this can affect their movement as well as their appearance). Groom your horse and have mane and tail trimmed if desired at a flattering length.

Mares and foals:
If at all possible have a handler for the foal; both mare and foal should be comfortable with separation. The inspectors can get a much better look at the mare if her foal is out of the way. They may, however, want to see the foals movement as well.

Footing:
It is really important to show your animal on good level footing. An indoor arena is best. The area should be large enough so that the horse can move out in a straight line. It should be safe: i.e. no obstacles, no ice, deep mud etc.  Other horses, barking dogs, yelling children are undesirable distractions to the horse & to the inspectors.

Handler:
Get in shape. Running with a well-moving horse can leave you breathless. Practice this ahead of time. Place yourself on the side of the horse away from the inspectors. They are going to judge the horse not you. The horse will be shown in hand at the walk and at the trot.

 The canter is always done at liberty. The horse will then be caught and stood up for the inspectors.

Photographs:
For CTHS records and for publication we like to get GOOD photos. Select a good spot outdoors where your horse can be photographed to best advantage. Be very aware of backgrounds: a plain wall is good. Avoid poles, bars etc. Again, your horse should have some experience to handle this.
For very quiet horses or on very hot days a plastic bag or some other device will be useful to get the horse to look sharp with ears forward.

To sum up: Work with your horse ; it should handle well, be used to shown in hand at walk and trot and shown at liberty at a canter. The horse should know what you ask of it.

The marks your horse gets will usually be with the horse for life. They will be given on what the inspectors see that day. Choose the footing, surroundings & handler with care. Feel free to ask questions at inspection day as well as before.