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post #1 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Share YOUR Showing Tips!

Hey everyone! I thought it would be cool to include a list of some "tricks of the trade" in showing horses! I know everyone has that one special product that they love on show days or that one quick fix that's a life saver. Well most of us don't show against each other, so there's no competition, soooo SPILL YOUR SECRETS! Whether it's what you use to make your horse shine, how you braid your horses mane, or maybe even how you impress the judge ANYTHING'S GAME! I could even include a running list on my post. Well, post away!

My tip: If you have white or grey horse, Green Spot Remover (My favorite is Cowboy Magic's) should become your best friend. And sleazys work wonders!

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post #2 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 01:04 PM
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I hate Cowboy Magic, it smells weird lol...

For stains on white I use good old fashioned Isopropyl Alcohol and corn starch.

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One of the judges told me that she liked this thing that I did...all it was is that I talked to my horse in the ring. Not like, carried on a conversation or anything, but just said commands in a soothing voice kind of thing. It also helped me stay calm.

Also, I use a product for people from V05 that is some kind of detangling spray. You can use it on the body, mane, and tail. It doesn't harm sensitive skin and you can use it where the saddle goes because it doesn't make hair slippery. It makes the mane and tail feel AMAZINGLY soft. And the product is soo cheap, I get is for $2-$3 a bottle.

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post #4 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 01:23 PM
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well, to make my dark bay mare really shine, i use Vetrolin Shine, you can also spray it in their tails too! Makes them really shine! oh, and if you don't like painting your horses hooves black, you can buy this show touch up Equine Supplies at Jeffers Equine: Horse Supply, Horse Supplies, Horse Vaccines, Discount Horse Supply, Discount Horse Supplies, Horse Product, Equine Product, Equine Supply, Horse Care Product, Tack Supplies, and Equestrian Supplies spray it on their hooves, and spray Silverado™ Coat Gloss Hair Polish - Conditioners & Detanglers shine on it, i've never done this before but i saw somebody doing it at one of the shows, it looked good though.

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post #5 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 01:23 PM
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My advice would be to use vinegar to get white or light colored tails really clean. Also I braid the whole length of the tail and all of the mane to make it wavy because I didn't need to braid it. If the horse has a nice long mane and tail it made it look better in showmanship.

Also I never use showsheen because it makes the horse too slick. For bareback classes spray hairspray on the seat of your breeches/jeans and on the horse, it helps you stick better.
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Healthy Haircare Moisturizer - Dover Saddlery. This is the best thing ever invented! It keeps my horses' mane and tails from getting brittle and it smells really good. Plus it last forever since you only need a lil bit with water. it's 8 parts water to 1 part of the stuff. It makes tangles come out easy and helps from letting my horses hair get crispy in the summer.

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post #7 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 04:14 PM
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I try to give my horse a good grooming everyday, so it's not a huge ordeal to get him looking good the night before the show lol.

My horse hates trimmers so I use these little horse shavers, they work extremely well and they are pretty cheap. Which is good because they get dull pretty quick.

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post #8 of 34 Old 04-05-2010, 11:43 PM
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Want clean hooves with a slight shine but not too overwhelming? Apply hairspray to your horses hooves. Wipe off the hooves with a wet cloth, then dry them with a dry cloth and spray away with the hairspray. Get the quick dry by Aussie since you don't have to wait long for it to dry and whalaa! Awesome hooves all day long!
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My biggest tip is to quietly hum a song in the show ring. Pick one song, don't change it and stick with it. All of my old horses knew the tune or at least what it meant, and they instanly knew to behave. I think it also helped keep my nerves at bay.
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post #10 of 34 Old 04-06-2010, 12:19 AM
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oh! when you hum or sing a song it helps your keep your seat still too :]

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