Yellow fairy liquid brilliant for getting stains out of white hocks,
Talke white chalk, add water, sponge onto white legs and then bandage untill dry gives the most amazing glowing white legs.
Full body lycras are brilliant for finnishing a coat.
Grooming every day is not just to get the mud off, a proper grooming (where you break a sweat) can improve the quality of the coat.
Shine comes from the inside, feed your horses right and they will shine.
Babyoil round the muzzle and eyes works realy well to emphasise them in the ring.
If your horse has stripey feet take a good look at any optical illusions created by them. Stripey feet can make a leg look crooked even if it isnt. If there is a problem then black them out!
For plaiting only ever plait with thread. Use water or egg whites to ensure that your plait is secure and tight. Alternativly Quikbraid is a reasonable alternative (not quite as good as egg whites).
Always start with a well pulled mane, cut manes and raked manes or manes that are too long are a nightmare to plait and never look as good when plaited.
Always stand above the horse when plaiting as you can get them tighter that way.
Tails should be cut to between hock and chestnut (when carried), a very long tail can make a horses back look long and its hocks weak.
Scrub Scrub and scrub some more.
Dishwasher is very good for bits and stirrup Irons.
Tack should be spotlessly clean and well oiled. Matches are very good for getting excess soap out of holes.
Baby wipes are THE BEST invention ever.
Wear surgical gloves when applying makeup to horses.
Smile, The act of smileing will force you to breathe which in turn will relax you.
A ride judge is not there to school your horse for you.
The warm up arena is not the place to be sorting schooling issues!
Don't over show your horse. They have to enjoy what they do in order to sparkle. Rosettes are won at home you only go to shows to pick them up
Even hairy winter coats can gleam
At the end of a day it is your horse that has done the work and your horse will be tired. Say thankyou to him by seeing to him and tucking him up in bed before you sort yourself out.
I'll add more tips when I think of them.