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        04-07-2010, 07:12 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Ok, A) I ADORE Cowboy Magic!!!! LOVE the Detangler & Shine!
    B) Vetrolin = my life. Lol! I use the shampoo and conditioner, and the shine spray. It smells SOOOO good!
    C) Quic anything is amazing! I use the black on my bay and the black on my mare and it brings out the best in their coats! Dapples and all! White makes the white bright as snow. Braid is really nice becuase it makes the mane nice and tacky.
    D) EAT! Even if you're nervous, getting a sugar low WONT HELP!
    E) Overpack. Then you know you will never run out of something!
    F) Pre-Bag all feed, with supplements. All you have to do is open the zip lock bag for that time, and pour it in the bucket. Makes alot of stuff less stressful.
    G) Make a before-you-leave list. That way you know you arn't forgetting something.
    H) I got a 1/2 inch binder and put dividers in it, then I printed out directions and google maps to all of our shows, so we don't have to get lost.

    I'm sure I'll think of more!
         
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        04-07-2010, 09:00 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Like Stormy said, overpack! It's much better to have a bit more getting-out and putting-up than not having something you need at the show. Happy Show Season, everyone! :]
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        04-08-2010, 02:03 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Thanks Flex Horse! I checked it out, looks pretty neat. I wish I could get some, but the shipping charges would probably be outrageous!

    Also another tip to everyone: make a checklist! I made one on a spreadsheet so all I have to do is print it out and look over all my show supplies before I leave so I know I have everything
         
        04-08-2010, 08:22 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    OH! Gots another one.
    I) If you event(or do something else that involes sending in pre-filled out entries prior to the event) if you have to print them off the internet, most you can just fill in on the computer. Fill in all the information, leave blank like "event name..." etc and then print out like 10 copies. No more hours filling out entries!
         
        04-08-2010, 11:28 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Somethings that I have found work really well for me are:
    1. When packing dress yourself and your horse. That way you wont forget anything completely major. Next go through your routine at the show and pack your way through it. I usually keep all my show things packed so that way all I have to do is grab the duffle or what ever and go. Don't pack as you see things, your going to forget tons of things.
    2. If your horse is a braid shaker, like mine. Try using an aerosal hair spray and really soak the hairs. I know aerosal hair sprays are bad of the ozone layer but triggers spray leave white flakes on the mane. I have used mousse on my horses mane with decent results.
    3. If your horse is constantly shaking out her braid I would reccomend gettinga sleezy and has a zipper either all the way down or to the throat latch. THat way you can put it on but not ruin the braid in the process.
    4. Paint hooves the night before. I am always getting black on my breeches so by doing it the night before I am no longer ruining breeches. Plus you will be able to spend more time on them and get it perfect with touch ups in the morning.
    5. Visualize. Get up to the arena early, see the arena, where cones are set up, close your eyes, and run through the pattern perfect. Then run though it again correcting problems you know your horse is going to have. Then visualize it perfect again. I strongly believe that this works. Call me crazy but it works. This will also calm you and get you focused.
    6. Act confident. It shows and if you act confident you will seem confident, something judges like.
    7. Enter ready to win. Don't enter slouchy or badly. Judges pick out thier horses as they enter the arena. Entering is more important then you think. I always make eye contact with the judge before walking in, nod, and ignore them the rest of the class. Tell them that your there and let them look for themselves. You shouldnt have to stare at the judge through the whole class.
    8. When in the line up keep showing, even if you think the judge has handed in the card, keep showing. You are not done showing til you leave the arena. I find it annoying when girls stop showing just because they think the card is in. You never know, there could be a problem with the card, it comes backs, and the judge has to look over the horses again. Which one is going to get placed. The one slouching or the one standing up nicely.
    9. In the end though ride you have fun. If you focus too much on the ribbon and winning it shows. By acting carefree and riding to have fun, the ribbons just have a way of rolling in.
         
        04-10-2010, 02:24 AM
      #26
    Yearling
    1. Shapley S Show Touch Ups Black 12 Oz
    2. Ricochet Wipes
    3. Sadl-Tite
    4. Baby Oil by the eyes and muzzle
    5. Baby powder to whiten socks the day of the show
    6. Cornstarch on white marks: wet the marking and then sprinkle on cornstarch. Wait for it to dry and then brush it off.
         
        04-10-2010, 05:20 AM
      #27
    Trained
    Be careful of using oil on the face - It can burn on hot days.
         
        04-10-2010, 07:39 AM
      #28
    Foal
    My tips:
    1) Take everything with you that you think you would ever use, it's better to overpack than have a proplem cause you didn't take something with you. :) ( I really often don't use anything of my overpacked stuff but it's better, safer!)

    2) make a check list. What you have to do and what should take to the show. Olso everything on time and check if you have any spare time if something goes wrong :)

    3) give the horse corn oil for a shining coat, mane and tail. I allways give my horses oil in they're power food. I see a huge difference!

    4) If you think you don't have time for everything you have to do, start the day before and do the most inprotand stuff first. Watch out you have anough time! :)

    5) make your horse happy. Your horse won't be happy when there is too much going on around him. If you are not calm, he's not going to be calm. Do everything relaxed and groom your horse with anough of time ;)
         
        04-10-2010, 04:14 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Most people don't think of this one......

    My tip CLEAN TEETH. I used to volunteer at our stable for the monthly shows and time after time I saw good horses get passed over because although they were perfect in every way, they had green gunky teeth. Not that every judge likes to look over all the horses in the mouth but in Halter as well as even Hunters Under Saddle, I have seen some judges go to the mouth when they just couldn't decide.

    My suggestion, before going in the ring, just take a quick peek and maybe have someone take a damp toothbrush and gently brush out those carrot shreds, horse cookies and alfalfa twigs that may jump out to cause you to receive a red or white instead of a blue.

    Other places I have seen indecisive judges go....under the tail, in the ear, and asking the horse to pick up it's feet.
         
        04-10-2010, 04:55 PM
      #30
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    I forgot to add...I keep a binder or all my horse's information and take that everywhere I go with my horse. It has her papers, coggins/copies, shot record, vet number, farrier number, emergency numbers, show bills, and a checklist. It really helps me keep things organized and goes a lot quicker when your signing up for classes.
         

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