I typically spend my time training on horses. I take them down the trail, in my little trail/desensitizing course, in the arena and to local schooling shows. The horses I do this with sell well around my area - and mainly I ENJOY it. But, this isn't really the matter of my question, just some background information.
I'm looking this fall/winter to try and start (key word: START) grooming myself (no pun intended haha ), for more competitive showing. This means, still attending those schooling shows (for practice), but going for a more competitive look. Because, to be quite honest, in my personal experience; the better looking the horse, the more apt you're going to get a buyer.
So rather than doing my typical, 'clean the horse up the best I can the night before show,' I want to start going for a more competitive look, a more proper/groomed horse, instead of the winter woolies.
So, I'm looking for some suggestions. My facility actually does not have a wash rack, and I do my bathing the 'good ol' way' - a bucket, hose, and some shampo. I'm not too sure what to do in the bathing department, since I don't have the option for warm water, and don't think the horse would be all to partial of me bathing it in the cold, with cold water, haha.
But any tips, tricks of the trade you've learned along the way would be greatly appreciated!