Okay, so I'm not actually bring a horse to auction. But I have a school assignment for my Equine Care class where I need to groom a horse as though I were preparing it to sell. I have a doozy of a horse to work with. He is a Grey Percheron/Arabian gelding. His name is Pride and as far as I know he has never been bathed before. He has lived in a pasture all his life and he's got the stains to prove it. He also has a pretty messy mane and tail.
Here are some pics of him. He's not my horse, he belongs to a friend:
I could use your advice on how I should spiff him up. He's not actually going to a sale, but I need to prepare him as though his. Basically I need to present before and after pictures and write a detailed account about the procedures I used to clean him. If you have any good ideas on how to make him look extra special, please let me know.
I think that this is a awsome idea for a 4-H club thing or something...it sounds really fun! Great for learning how to clean for show too! Haha
I'm going out tomorrow to get started on some of the things that will take longer than one sitting. I'm going to curry and brush him REALLY good to see just how stained he really is. A lot of it in the pictures is just mud. I'm also going to address his tussled mane. I'm going the comb it then braid it into small braids and use setting gel to tame it all to one side. I'll let the braids set for about a week, adding more gel as needed, and then hopefully all of his hair will stay on one side. I'm going to wait to pull his mane until after this process is finished.
Saddly, in my area it is very common to find perfectly good and healthy horses, with good breeding and lots of potential, simply living their lives as pasture pets, never being worked a day in their life. It's very sad. But at least these people take pretty good care of their two horses. How it happened is that they bought Pride's mother as a retired broodmare. They didn't want a horse to ride, they just wanted a pet. Rose is in her twenties. They were surprised to find out that she was pregnant. Pride was not planed for. They had the space and the means to feed both horses so the decided to keep him. But now he's four years old and quite a handful, very sweet but has no manors. I offered to work with him and train him as much as I can. He's a really nice boy. I wish I could buy him, but that's really not an option at this time.
I went out to work with him today and I got his mane braided to one side. I only braided the half that needed to cross over his neck, the rest is upbraided. I figured it would be more comfortable for him that way. He was really jumpy today. There was a lot of static electricity in the air today so every time I rubbed him he got shocked! Poor boy. So I didn't curry or brush him because I want his grooming training to be a positive experience. It has rained a lot resently so he's actually CLEANER than when I first met him. Some mud, but not bad. Their pasture is pretty well eleveated.