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post #31 of 34 Old 04-10-2010, 05:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny View Post
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.
In the ear....I've never shown before and am planning on showing at fair this summer. My horse has had this ear fungal problem since he was like 3 years old. It just stays the same....doesn't bother him, or me, doesn't swell or anything, but would a judge for, say, just a Western class mark down because of his ear fungal thing?
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post #32 of 34 Old 04-10-2010, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
In the ear....I've never shown before and am planning on showing at fair this summer. My horse has had this ear fungal problem since he was like 3 years old. It just stays the same....doesn't bother him, or me, doesn't swell or anything, but would a judge for, say, just a Western class mark down because of his ear fungal thing?
I'm not sure about that. I've only seen two judges look there and it wasn't really In the ear so much as was it well trimmed/clipped etc and appearing to be clean.
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post #33 of 34 Old 04-10-2010, 06:07 PM
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Oh yay, now I can share my secrets with you all....Ready for the list?

Before Show
1) I wash with Wonder Blue Shampoo(For the whites, greys, and paints) or Back N' Black (For bays, blacks, sorrels) and thoroughly scrub and condition on the tail.

2) I braid the mane and tail to make it curly and look a little prettier when let down.

3) I will clip a little around the white (For paints and pintos) to make it pop, and I'll clip whiskers and hair on the ears.

4) I make sure I take them across the street to my Trainer's for a stall (We only have pasture land) that they can stay in overnight. She's generally really happy to let me use her barn the night before showing, and I'll clean it up and feed her horses the morning of the make up for it.

At the show

1) I spray the body down with flyspray first if its summer, and put Show Sheen on them (Not the saddle area, unless I'm just showing Halter)

2) This is when I let down the braids

3) I will warm up about half an hour before my show, and will do extended trots and a few lope circles. None of my horses are particularly hot so its not necessary to wear them out to sweating point. I will mostly just be walking around about five-ten minutes before my turn to keep their muscles loose and relax them.

4) Talk to your horse in the ring, especially if you're doing like a rail class or something. I once scored and won my class just because I whispered "Whoa" to Jester by the judge and he immediately stopped on the loose rein with no other cues.

So yeah. That's basically all I do, nothing much is really necessary for the horses

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #34 of 34 Old 04-11-2010, 11:04 AM
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Be careful talking to your horse. You can be penalized or even DQ'd in a dressage comp.

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