Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
Gosh, in my part of the world the kids take 4-h very seriously. Even the kids with free ponies do their best to spiff up their mount like this was the most important show day ever.
Why call it just 4-h?
It is a great time to learn how to do things like band and braid and get the experience so you can do it yourself.
It's the same in my area. Whether its gaming, pleasure, jumping, or halter, everyone old enough to understand what to do has a real "States or Bust" mentality! Sometimes I wish it could be as simple as shaving a bridle path and heading for the ring!
OP, Appies are generally prepped the same as QH's or Paints; pulled and banded mane, ear-length bridle path, clipped muzzle if you want, clipped fetlocks and coronary bands. A spritz of coat polish and little baby oil on the muzzle and around the eyes (careful applying it) adds a little "extra".