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  • Getting ready for the spring horse showing season
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    03-25-2011, 05:04 PM
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Foal
Getting ready for Spring Show Season

I have a black and white tobiano mare, and show season is starting up here in the next month. She gets really yellow stains on her hind legs, and I wanted to see if anyone has tips on how to get them out without scrubbing to death for 3 hours. I would also love to find out how to slick her out, where I should trim/clip (we do WP, Showmanship, Halter, Reining, and Trail), how I should keep her mane, etc. I am just looking for options, maybe try something new :) Anything would be great, thanks!!!

This is a picture of her over the winter, she is fuzzy and stained, this is on a good day though :P



Here is one from last Spring when I cleaned her up, but I am no good with trimming the mane (as you can see haha) and this seriously took me an entire afternoon of scrubbing, soaking, washing 3-4x, etc and I STILL couldn't get her mane white. Any other ideas?



I would also love to learn about shining and cleaning up her hooves, I always see Halter horses with shiny black and clean hooves...I can't even imagine her feet being clean and staying that way O_o Thanks!
     
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    03-25-2011, 11:19 PM
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Foal
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    03-26-2011, 12:40 AM
  #3
CCH
Weanling
To get her mane & tail really really white:
1. Wash it well
2. When it is just barely damp/ almost dry put purple shampoo on it. I use full strength, but if it is too thick, add a few sprinkles of water.
3. Let sit for anywhere from 5-25 minutes depending upon the stain.
4. Rinse and then condition.

Don't worry if the hair looks a bit purple after you rinse. It won't stay for very long and purple cancells all signs of yellow.

The same process works for white body hair, minus the conditioner and clip the leg hair first. After I wash my horses, I always use a finishing sheen to keep the hair soft/slick. This also helps repel dirt.
     
    03-26-2011, 12:42 AM
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CCH
Weanling
Forgot about the hooves. That is done with a light sanding and then hoof polish. I personally never use the stuff at the type of shows I go to, but at breed shows almost everyone does it.
     
    03-26-2011, 11:31 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by CCH    
The same process works for white body hair, minus the conditioner and clip the leg hair first. After I wash my horses, I always use a finishing sheen to keep the hair soft/slick. This also helps repel dirt.

How exactly do I go about clipping the leg hair? And where? Does that help with keeping clean? Thanks for the tips!
     

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