Model and In-Hand horses are trained in the very same way as weanlings and
yearlings. Model horses are not judged on movement, rather they are judged
on conformation. The idea when showing in a model class is to present your horse
to the judge with poise and grace. As you enter the ring, the ringmaster
will instruct you where to lineup, usually head to tail. As soon as you
are in the ring set your horse up or park him out and begin showing. After
the judge has evaluated your horse praise him for a good job but remember that
judges frequently look back at horses in the class when comparing one to another
NEVER STOP SHOWING until the cards
have been turned in.
parking a model horse you want a nice wide stance in the hindquarters. The
knees and hooves should be forward standing under the shoulders. Do not
allow the front legs to get out too far in front which causes your horse to
become sway backed or rear high. The head should come straight out of the
shoulder arching to the poll with ears forward and paying attention.
most important considerations for a judge in a model class are the proportion
of the body and the design of the legs. The ultimate model horse can be
split into thirds which means that everything in front of the withers, the back
and everything behind the hip bones should separate into three equal parts when
viewed from the side. The distance between the front and back legs should
be twice as long as the back.
should be long and graceful with short cannon bones. The fetlock joints should
be medium--neither long nor short and the legs should appear to be straight
from top to bottom. The back inside of the leg should have a round appearance
matching the contour of the hip. The hip should be long and deep sloping
towards the ground. The front leg should have a forward appearance on the body
with the bone between the shoulder and elbow being short. When looking at the
buttocks from the rear it should be wider at the top of the thigh muscle than
at the hipbone. The front hooves should be longer than the rear hooves and
wider at the bottom than at the coronet band. The chest should be medium
wide but carry good muscle at the shoulder.
and neck should be pretty and represent the sex of the animal in appearance.
The throatlatch should be moderately thin and the horse should have wide set
eyes. Wide jawbones are desirable; you should be able to place your fist
between the jawbones. The ears on a stallion should be much smaller than a mare
or gelding. The headset should be medium to high.
A mare or
gelding should have a general appearance of pride, elegance and grace. A
stallion should appear to be slightly cocky. The horse should stand with his
back supported in a position of strength.