F R OM OU R C O RPO R A T E PA R T NE RS MERIAL Reining Trainer Uses Care When Bringing Along Young Horses “If a horse doesn’t feel well, it doesn’t matter how well he is trained or how talented he is; that horse won’t perform at its best,” NRHA Professional Sebastian Petroll says. O nce Sebastian Petroll arrived from Germany in 2001, it didn’t take long for him to be-come a household name in reining circles. In fact, since then, not only has he captured multi-ple championships and been a multiple major-event finalist, but he’s also become a sought-after trainer. Petroll holds a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) judge’s card, serves on the NRHA Board of Directors, the Stew-ards Committee and is an NRHA Professional. To-gether with his wife Melanie, he owns and operates Petroll Reining Horses LLC. What’s led to his arena success and recognition by his peers? Petroll trains his horses for longevity Sebastian and Melanie Petroll and has developed a reputation for having horses that last. “These futurity and derby horses are just 2-year-olds when we start them and keeping that in mind for every aspect of training is really im-portant,” Petroll says. “We want them strong—in mind and body—not just for their futurity and derby years, but for a lifetime.” To achieve that goal, Petroll remains cognizant of both their possibilities and limitations. “These young horses will never have to learn so much in such a short amount of time ever again,” he says. “And most of them will never have such a hectic show schedule again. How we handle them dur-ing this really important time in their lives is cru-cial to their success down the road.” Petroll’s training plans are individualized, fo-cusing on maximizing the potential of each horse and at a pace suited to the horse. Another important aspect to the overall development of each horse is the horse’s health-care plan. “If a horse doesn’t feel well, it doesn’t matter how well he is trained or how talented he is; that horse won’t perform at its best,” he says. Petroll, an NRHA Professional, understands one of the threats to horse health is the devel-opment of stomach ulcers, especially since the young horses he works with are exposed to so many potentially stressful situations. “Every-thing we do with these horses is new,” he says. “It’s easy to see how they might get upset or overwhelmed.” To help prevent the development of ulcers in the horses he cares for, Petroll relies on ULCER-GARD® (omeprazole), the only proven and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved prod-uct for equine stomach ulcer prevention. He’s proactive and uses ULCERGARD on his compet-ing horses, especially those with a history of being nervous in show environments.