Training An Angus Heifer For Showing
Training an Angus heifer for showing does involve specific steps and
techniques, but one of the most enjoyable activities that help to build trust is to pet her and feed her
daily. She will become accustomed to your touch and voice through daily petting and grooming. As you feed her
on a consistent schedule, she will learn quickly that she can depend on you to provide her needs.
The next step is halter breaking your heifer. Once your heifer has been
halter broken and has learned to be led, she is ready to be taught the nuances of posing and being led in the show
ring. It’s a good idea to become familiar with the expectations the judge will have of you and your heifer once
you’re inside the show ring. Learn and understand these guidelines and rules and train your heifer accordingly.
Posing your heifer properly in the show ring could mean the difference
between a first place blue ribbon and not placing at all. Using a dairy show halter with a chain, work with your
heifer to walk slowly and with short steps. Her head should be carried high and proud. Even during training, lead
your animal in a clockwise direction so you’re on the outside of the circle. When show day arrives, she will
already be accustomed to walking in this direction and to your position in relation to her.
Train your heifer to walk forward at a normal pace, not too fast and not
too slow. You should be walking on her left side, opposite of her head. Always hold the lead strap in your right
hand and close to the halter so you have more control over her movements. The excess lead strap should be folded
accordion style in your hand (not coiled) or both hands if necessary.
Part of training an Angus heifer for showing should include teaching her
to walk backward slowly. You will be facing her and holding the lead strap in your left hand. The judge will want
to see your heifer walk backward and forward, so be sure to train her well in both techniques.
When walking forward, train your heifer to hold her head high (with your
help of course). In the show ring, there shouldn’t be much room between your heifer and the one walking in front of
her, but she cannot be allowed to crowd the one in front of her either. If possible, practice this technique of
keeping the proper distance with another heifer at home before the show.
Train your heifer so she will move into the proper posed position when
it’s time. Her feet should be squarely placed, with the hind leg closest to the judge positioned just behind the
other so the judge can quickly see the fore and rear udder. Using a show stick can be a useful tool for posing your
heifer. You never want to make a judge wait on you to pose your heifer! A good way to learn the proper poses is to
read and study various breed publications during the training process.
Training an Angus heifer for showing requires patience and determination
throughout the process, but the rewards that go along with having a well-trained heifer are well worth your time
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