Many exhibitors in the Shire fraternity think that if their yearling or two year old is not shod, they won't have a chance high up in the ribbons. In fact, this is precisely what happens in the ring. According to the guidelines for judging Shires, "Horses should not be penalised if they are unshod." But, they are. "All turnout entries must be shod," and they are. Also, "Horses with unclipped tails should not be penalised. The dock should be covered." In reality, unclipped tails are penalised, and the majority of docks are shaven and completely uncovered and exposed. Nearly all the veteran exhibitors and those coming up in the ranks routinely have their youngsters shod and their docks shaven and exposed. Full stop. It's almost a badge of honour to prepare their horses in that way. There are a few committed, but not big winning, exhibitors who plait up their Shires' tails exquisitely, making them short and compact, thus showing off the horses' hind end to best advantage without cutting the tail. There are some exhibitors who shave the dock but leave enough hair so that it is not exposed. That is the way it should be done. Practically all the approved judges in the Shire world are breeders/exhibitors themselves, thus perpetuating the shoeing of youngsters and shaving of docks.