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WITH competition loom-
ing, preparation becomes
even more crucial for
Feeding the correct type and
amount of fodder is an important
part of this process.
While the choice of feed can
sometimes be a little overwhelming
especially for those new to the
horses – ensuring you get the right
qualities and quantities will help
ensure you have a healthy horse
with a blooming coat.
No amount of washing or synthet-
ic sprays can ever mimic a truly
healthy, shiny coat.
Experienced show rider Bronwyn
Williams says after rugging and sta-
bling, feeding the correct mix of feed
warmed horses inside and out.
“I gradually introduce feed once
they are regularly being stabled and
worked,” she said.
A mix of chaff, bran, pollard,
boiled barley and boiled linseed is
fed alongside economix and supple-
Oaten hay is fed with hard feed.
“Cut at the right time, before the
grain fully ripens, oats make very
good hay,” Bronwyn said.
“I feed hay ad lib basically, they
have as much of it as they can eat.
“It’s fed from round bales.”
Depending on when horses are
shown, they enjoy several months
off in the paddock before coming
back into work two months before
“From June 1, they come into the
stables,” Bronwyn said,
“Depending on what is happening
they then start work in July, in
preparation for shows in late August
or early September.”
Horses are worked for a minimum
of four times a week, which increas-
es five to six times a week in the
lead-up to a show.
“I don’t usually time myself, but I
work him for a minimum of 30 min-
utes, up to 45 to 60 minutes at a
time,” Bronwyn said.
“I do flatwork at least once a
week, but I always rotate what I’m
“I mostly do roadwork, but I also
lunge once a week and do flatwork.”
While she lives in the Adelaide
suburb of Hawthorndene, on an 8-
hectare property, Bronwyn is lucky
because her property is located close
to the Tom Roberts trail, and she
also has several parks nearby.
“Getting out and about on the
roads is really good for the horses,”
“It gets them used to cars, rubbish
trucks, dogs and people.
“You can also do a lot of flatwork
when you’re riding out.”
In the weeks before a show, the
mane and tail should be pulled to
ensure it is short and fine enough to
“I pull the mane before the show
then maintain it,” Bronwyn said.
“I try and keep it fairly thick as
depending on how long you are
showing, you do loose a lot of mane
plaiting every weekend.
“The tail, along with the mane, is
best pulled after a ride, doing a little
at a time after each ride.”
Legs should be clipped as part of
main full-body clip, with socks,
ears, and jaw line also clipped out
and tidied up.
The day before a show, horses
should be worked, either in the
morning or afternoon, then washed
and plaited and put away in the sta-
Bronwyn usually completes about
12 medium-size English-style plaits,
tying them up with cotton thread.
Horses are then rugged with a
satin-lined cotton hood placed over
the head and neck.
Owning a bay horse with no white
socks meant Bronwyn did not need
to worry about keeping socks clean.
But she said if the stable the horse
was put in was clean, then there was
no need to bandage or boot legs.
“I have boots on in the paddock
but they are always off in the stable,”
“If you do bandage legs then make
sure you at least use padding under-
neath or don’t do it.”
• Next month: The final part of
the series. What to do on the day of
• Need to know more?
Miranda 08 8372 5222 or
Bronwyn Williams and her hack Rosevale Design at home in Hawthorndene.
◗ Oaten hay makes a very good feed
◗ Horses work minimum four times a
◗ Roadwork is good for horses
What do you do before a show?
IN the second of a three-part series, smartfarmer investigates what it takes to
compete in showing. MIRANDA KENNY spoke to experienced rider Bronwyn
Williams about how riders should start their showing career.
Right feed mix vital
for competitive horses
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