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.