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    03-04-2009, 07:08 PM
  #1
Foal
Smile Grooming to show

What preparations do you go through for a show? I know I bathe, blow dry,band,clip, trim tail then blanket, then the next morning I vaccum, trim mane,black hoof polish, then spray Ultra Hoof enhancer, then put detangler and shine in tail and put tail extension in,Then I spray coat with pepi, and then about 5 minutes before we go in I put silverado shine on coat, and then put baby oil on face and use Shapleys black touch up spray on her scar on foot and back legs because they have some white hairs. Usually at an open show I win grooming!What great lengths have you gone to get your horse ready? And what products do you recomend? I have literaly A TON of differnt things!
     
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    03-04-2009, 08:12 PM
  #2
Foal
I do pretty much what you said but I give mine baths the morning of the show. I usually get up around 4 in the morning to begin grooming for shows! I scrub the heck outta my horses' white socks with the bright white shampoo for horses. I also use the twinkle whitening stuff on their socks until they are absolutely perfectly white. I also trim my horses hooves up a little bit before a show. I also spray their entire bodies with a dust repellent so they stay shiny all day. I wrap their white socks until we get ready to go into the arena. Instead of baby oil on their face, I use either a thin layer of petroleum jelly or (I forget the name of it but its in a small orange bottle...). I also rub their show halters down with petroleum jelly to make them shine as well. But you pretty much covered most of it!
     
    03-05-2009, 09:12 PM
  #3
Foal
I usually do most of the cleaning the previous day.
First I clip his bridle path, fetlock and the hair on his cornet band.
Then I bathe and make sure I scrub really good with a curry to get any loose hairs/dirt. I soak the tail in a conditioner/shampoo mix and wrap it up in a plastic sack and let it marinade for a while. I make sure I scrub the mane really good, getting all the dandruff out. After I get all the soap off him, I unwrap his tail and rinse it out.
While he is still wet I soak him with vetroline shine/show sheen and brush it in. While he's drying, I condition his hooves really good and paint them black. After he's dried, I'll brush with a clean brush and spray him with show sheen again. I'll put his tail in a tailbag and turn him out. I haven't braided yet, but I think I'm going to this year... In that case, braid his mane and stick a sleazy on so they don't get messed up.
The day of, I'll give him a good brush, brush his tail and mane and touch up his hooves at the show.
     
    03-05-2009, 11:55 PM
  #4
Foal
Depends what kind of show it is, ill do for a ribbon day.
Day before:
First I clip his chin, ears, legs, fetlocks, corronets, tail, bridle path muzzle and above his eyes. Then I fix up his mane and forelock. Then he has a bath with a plastic curry comb a sponge and "New Zealand Gold Shampoo" and scrub. Rinse twice then sweat scrape and while still damp cover him from head to tail(except his mane) in "Austrailian Dressage Super Shine Hair Polish" and rub him dry in the direction of hair growth with a pure sheepskin mit. Then I get a fine sand paper and sand his hooves smooth. I then put black Ravens Oil on his hooves on top and undernithe and ill finish when I get back fom changing the fence at pony club :)
     
    03-06-2009, 07:24 AM
  #5
Foal
I forgot some stuff so ill ad it on here
[quote=ShowJumpLife;264984]depends what kind of show it is, ill do for a ribbon day.
Day before:
First I clip his chin, ears, legs, fetlocks, coronets, tail, bridle path muzzle and above his eyes. Then I fix up his mane and forelock. Then he gets a real big groom and I touch up any clipping or snipping that needs to be done,then he has a bath with a plastic curry comb a sponge and "New Zealand Gold Shampoo" and scrub. Rinse twice then sweat scrape and while still damp cover him from head to tail(except his mane) in "Australian Dressage Super Shine Hair Polish" and rub him dry in the direction of hair growth with a pure sheepskin mit. Then I get a fine sand paper and sand his hooves smooth. I then put black "Ravens Oil" on his hooves on top and underneath and cover with "Worlds Best Hoof Oil", I then put a clean cotton rug on him and if its cold a doona as well sometimes up to 3 doonas. After that he has a wee break, I give him a hay bag and bucket of water while I clean up my mess and get all my plaiting kit sorted and I have a break myself.(by now its usually been atleast 5 hours) next I get my plaiting kit which consists of cheap $2 shop hair gell gunk, brown plaiting thread, darning needle, comb, a chair to stand on, and a clip or two to hold the hair back away from what im doing. I then plait up and on goes a earwig lycra hood, his tail is brushed out and loosely plaited from below the end of the tail bone right the way down and put in a tail bag, his legs are wraped with "Back On Track" Products ( AND THEY ARE AMAZING!! COULDNT DO WITHOUT THEM!) and then he's put away in his pen for the night.
Morning of the show:
Get him out of the pen brush off any shavings on him. Everything stays on him except any hot coats, re black his hooves with the ravens oil and the WBHO and straight on the float, at the show everything comes off and he's tacked up, on more spritz with the super shine, tail brushed out, make up (petrolium jelly) on and then he's allll ready :)
And I ALWAYS win turnout :)
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    03-10-2009, 09:06 PM
  #6
Foal
Day before the show:
- full bath,
- whisker & bridle path clip,
- cut tail & feathers & any fuzzy ear hair(i don't clip inside my horse's ears).

Morning of each day of the show:
- Off to the wash stall to clean any poo stains
- Towel Dry
- Super brush job
- Braid (mane & tail) this happens around 4:30 in the morning.

End of each day:
- leg wash
- tail wash

* I use "Vetrolin Shine Spray" in his tail to make it super silky and shiny.

* Before we go into the ring my boots are cleaned, his legs brushed off, hoof oil put on and a towel run over to remove any dust.

     
    03-14-2009, 07:51 PM
  #7
Weanling
what I am desribing is the ones that are local not shows we have to stable at for a few days
day before:
wash with color enhancer
band and braid tail
put tail bag on and slinky
put his sheet on
put outlaws polos on
clean tack
put stuff in the trailer
fill hay nets
make feed bagies for all the horse with there name on them to give thm when we arive

day of show:
4 am
go to barn
duble cheek every thing is on the trailer
give horses hay to nible on
feed the horses that are not going
put the horses halters on
and put a lead rope on their stall door leve halters off the ones not going
put shipping boots on
then normaly every one is their
we leve for the show
unload horses
give grain and water give hay
sign in
take every thing off un braid tail
hoff polish
brush
spray with shiny hiny
put fase high lighter on
put show halter on
     
    03-16-2009, 02:37 AM
  #8
Yearling
My show prep routine.

The Day Before:
- trim: mane, coronet band hairs, back of fetlocks, touch up bridle and wither paths, hairs on face/jaw.
- spray tail with detangler, untangle with fingers and then trim it.
- full bath.
- wash the white points with "Dazzle Dog" - repeat if they don't come up white enough.
- If plaiting is allowed, we plait the mane, and the tail end is plaited just to keep the tangles away.
- Sometimes if it's a really big show, we hoof black the feet the night before.
- Rug and put in paddock.
- Clean tack, and pack the showing kit.


Morning of the show:
- Unrug, brush and pick out hooves.
- Cut any fly aways and tidy areas that sometimes are missed.
- If the horse has white legs, wash them again if stained.
- Make sure horse's bottom is clean.
- Baby oil the mane and tail.
- Apply show sheen/spray to the coat with a grooming mitten. (but not where the saddle is about to sit!!)
- Hoof black the feet and chestnuts.
- If horse has black legs, apply ravens oil to add definition.
- Makeup: highlighters to the eyes and muzzle - depending on the horse. Make sure scars (if any) are appropriately covered.
- Gear the horse up and apply any final touches.
- Get ready ourselves and head over to respective ring!
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