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