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    01-29-2010, 11:06 PM
Show grooming

Okay so this summer we are going to be showing drafts and haflingers. I was wondering if anyone knew what you need to do to get them ready for show. I know you mane roll the boys and briad the fortop and tail buns all the way around. Also you hoof black their feet and of course a bath and what not but what about body clipping and what hair should be trimed on the body? What about the feet? (the drafts we'll be showing are percherons and a belgian) Are there any other things we should do to prepare them for show to make them really stand out? Any tips are much appericated!
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    01-30-2010, 12:24 AM
Well I don't know too much about showing drafts and halflingers in particular, but I do know that you're not supposed to clip their fetlocks, and that they should be clean and combed out nicely. My favourite trick is to put baby powder on ALL the horses' white places, especially any facial or leg markings.
    01-30-2010, 07:19 PM
That sounds like a lot of fun I used help my inlaws fit the're percherons for show/sales. Do you want to do driving in the shows or what are you're plans. Normally they have scotch bottom shoes put on drafts with pads. Also clipping the pasterns and legs really makes the horse stand out and look. But there is a little trick to it you don't want clip all the hair on the legs.
    01-30-2010, 09:40 PM
Its mainly our friends percherons and haffies and our haffie mare. We are doing halter and hitch. I would love to know the trick with the hair!
    01-31-2010, 04:44 PM
We would clip the sides and back of the pasterns and sides of the cannon bones as needed so the legs look nice and straight when you stand in front of the horse.
    01-31-2010, 05:03 PM
You want leave about an inch long hair hanging down over the cornet band all the way around the hoof head. And leave the fetlock hair on. Then we would trim the hair on the back side of legs so when you stand at the side of your horse and look at the front legs. The elbow to the fetlock is nice and straight and the same thing for back legs from the hocks down. I hope you can make any sense out of this. Sorry for double post my kid grabbed my key board.

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