Stanley is stalled 8-10 hours every night and has been shown extensively by both us and his previous owners. He would probably handle it much better than many horses but I still think it would be very hard on him. A horse that is on pasture 24-7 and then kept in a stall all week? Brrrr. That would be tough. I would be interested to see a study done on how many horses develop ulcers during week long 4-H shows like this... And just to clarify - I think 4-H is a wonderful program and both of my kids have enjoyed it very much. I just think a week-long horse show for 4-H is too long. I think it would make more sense and be easier on the horses to run 2 two day shows back to back and split them by age groups. All the 13 and under kids ride ALL their classes on Monday/Tuesday and then the 14-18 group rides ALL their classes on Wednesday Thursday. This way horses would only need to stay on their fair grounds for 2-3 days tops. Much better in MY opinion.
Motocross: No reports from the boys yet but practice is probably just getting started.