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DURING A CHUKKER

  • Each player and groom will do things a little differently, but this is the routine we have at our trailer that allows me to get everything done and the players to get out on time at the next chukker

 

  • We keep Jim's horses on the field side of the trailer and the pro's horses on the other side 

 

  • Sometimes we bring more than one trailer full of horses, in which case one of the pros will work out of the second trailer and keep his horses there 

 

  • I make sure Jim's next horse is ready for him with the girth tightened

 

  • As they come in from the chukker, Jim hands me his horse and I hand him his next one. He then generally takes off his helmet quickly and grabs a drink of Gatorade

 

  • Meanwhile, the pros go to the backside of the trailer and tie up their current horses before grabbing their next ones

 

  • I take off the tack and leg wraps from Jim's horse, then bathe her; we have a large water tank in the tack room of the trailer that we refill prior to each scrimmage and game 

 

  • I then tie up Jim's horse to the trailer-- we don't actually tie the horses, but instead wrap the lead rope around; This way if a horse gets scared and pulls back, she will come free rather than tighten a knot and possibly flip over

 

  • I then untack both of the pros’ horses, bathe them, and tie them back up and tack up their next horses

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  • Jim has enough tack that I generally don't have to tack up his horses each chukker. Instead I finish that before the start of the game or scrimmage

 

  • On especially hot days, I walk the horses who just finished playing to the end of the field and back a few times. This allows them to cool down just like we have to after going on a run

 

  • If I have enough time, I start to wrap the leg wraps that I've taken off of the horses who have already gone, but I generally just catch up on those during halftime