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post #1 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Talking First Show- Need Advice, Tips, Etc!

So I'm most likely going to go to my first show next Sunday! (I've done fun shows before but this one is basically an Open Show )

Is it ok to use human hair care products on a horse's mane and tail? I've read of people using them before but I don't want to do anything wrong. What I'm mostly interested in using is hair spray to make the mane and tail smooth and help the braids stay in place. If it's okay to use should I wash/sponge it out afterward?

How should I organize my time when grooming? I'll have about an hour and a half or so to groom, tack up, and get myself ready.

Please note that I will be using a school horse, and on that account I may get stuck with one I've never ridden before. If this does happen, how should I go about finding time to get used to him/her before the show starts? We will be using the outdoor arena so would it be a good idea to ask for permission to use the indoor for a few minutes? Or should I do something else?

Any tips on keeping braids tight and attractive will be greatly appreciated! I am not very nimble-fingered !

I've read about the Baby Powder on white markings trick. Excuse me for being stupid, but how would you do this? It just seems to me like the powder would get everywhere unless you mixed it with water or something.

I also feel that I should mention that there is a good possibility that my cousin and her friend will also be at the show! We have been riding together for years and will most likely be riding in different classes, so we may be able to help eachother if everything works out so that we're not too busy at that moment (if that makes sense).

I'm riding English in the W/t division (Equitation, Cavaletti, and Pleasure) if that helps!

EDIT: Also, sorry for the Essay! xD.
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-12-2011, 10:13 PM
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Yes, you can use human shampoo and conditioner on a horse. Don't condition the mane if you are going to braid it, as it makes the hair slippery, and the braids can fall out easier.

Personally, I wouldn't show a horse I didn't know if I was just starting out showing.

Baby powder can be used on the socks or body of the horse, but wouldn't recommend using it on the face. I usually dampen(not soak) the sock, then shake a bunch of powder on, pat it in, then hand brush away the excess. Do this BEFORE putting anything on the hooves. Use a brush to brush off the hooves then before putting hoof oil on.

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Thanks Velvet! And yes hopefully I'll get someone I know but I'm sure my instrctor wouldn't pick a horse that would be a complete disaster for me to ride...hopefully . I'll have some choice based on the horses that are left so that should help a lot.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-13-2011, 12:21 PM
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I think it's made by Shapley's, it a spray that you put in the mane and tail when you braid it. It helps with fly aways and makes braiding easier.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-14-2011, 09:59 AM
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When I was a kid, I used to show western pleasure and English equitation. I had my 'own' WP horse, one the BO had borrowed for the summer, but never knew what English horse I'd be using. The BO knew every one at the shows (they raced SBs and we traveled the fair circuit) and would always find me a horse. They were already groomed so I can't help with that much, just did last minute touch ups. But it did lend a lot of interest to the shows, LOL. I used a horse one time that had been showing for so long that when they announced 'canter' she almost dumped me because she started before I gave the signal. Hate to be telling my age, but we still used shoe polish on their hooves in those days. My WP was a chestnut, no white so that helped. But the horse I have now has one white hoof and sock. I hope before the end of the summer to get her into a show just for fun and get her better around other horses. She can be a witch with new horses until she gets used to being around a lot of different horses. I didn't know the baby powder trick so that will help because I want her to look her best whether I do or not, LOL. I wish you a lot of luck and hope you have a great time next Sunday, relax, breathe and enjoy the heck out of it.
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