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    03-10-2011, 11:03 AM
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Weanling
Share your "unique" ways to cleaning up your horse for a show

I always LOVE hearing new and unique tips and tricks people do to go the extra mile cleaning their horse and tack for horse shows. My horse is always a MESS no matter how hard I clean him it seems so I am trying to come up with new ways of getting him to look his best.

Some tricks I can think of off the top of my head is:

-Putting Vaseline on the outside of the bridle right before going into the show ring for extra shine
-Baby Oil on the face and tail for some shine, and softness look
-Show Sheen(duh!)
-Mop Shine/Glow on the hooves
-Getting a damp sponge, currying the hair, and running the barely damp sponge over the hair to get any remaining dust you may have missed.

That's all I can think of at the moment!!

Please share your tips too! I wanna REALLY try and get my horse looking good for shows!




On another note:

My horse has running eyes and gets crusty all the time 24/7, very annoying! We tried to get them flushed out by the vet and one of them did okay, but the other one has scar tissue? So we couldn't do that eye but the cream the vet gave us to reduce the weeping doesnt work that well..and the eye that was flushed is still no better. Do any of you have any ways that you control it?
     
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    03-10-2011, 02:56 PM
  #2
Trained
I use baby wipes for EVERYTHING!! At my show, we had people running around us cleaning our boots, wiping our horses sloppy green mouths, cleaning off the occassional bit of dust, poo stains. A servant (lol!) Is a lot of help
     
    03-10-2011, 08:49 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Ans sometimes they are called ~Horse Show Moms.
     
    03-10-2011, 08:54 PM
  #4
Weanling
I would be dead with out my horse show mom!!
     
    03-10-2011, 09:08 PM
  #5
Trained
I want a horse show Mum.......or see if I can train a husband, or maybe steal a horse mad child from someone.

Helping with crusty eyes, try a used damp tea bags, ordinary black tea, to clean the eye every day, a good English remedy, we always have a damp tea bag handy, and the tannins are good for helping gummy eyes.

My hint, buy a nice sensible bay, so much easier than trying to keep a grey clean
     
    03-10-2011, 09:18 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I want a horse show Mum.......or see if I can train a husband, or maybe steal a horse mad child from someone.

Helping with crusty eyes, try a used damp tea bags, ordinary black tea, to clean the eye every day, a good English remedy, we always have a damp tea bag handy, and the tannins are good for helping gummy eyes.

My hint, buy a nice sensible bay, so much easier than trying to keep a grey clean
huh, I've never heard of the tea bags!! I'll try it out and see how it works! Thanks!

And yes, I could never have a grey, I love my bay!!
     
    03-10-2011, 11:48 PM
  #7
Weanling
I unfortunately have an almost all white horse. She's gorgeous but hard to keep clean! I always have a wet rag handy. They make it really easy to rub out any stains the horse gets. The only time it doesn't work is if the horse is really dusty or dirty. Then it just leaves a big muddy spot!
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    03-11-2011, 08:16 AM
  #8
Weanling
The vaseline on the Bridle sounds good! Don't people put it on the horses face and other areas to add shine? Or is that just baby oil?
     
    03-11-2011, 09:02 AM
  #9
Started
I love my grey. I wouldn't give up a gorgeous grey for anything. Of course, they're very difficult to keep clean and they take forever to dry compared to darker colors.

I put vaseline on my horse's eyes and muzzle first, then baby oil over that.
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    03-11-2011, 09:54 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
I want a horse show Mum.......or see if I can train a husband, or maybe steal a horse mad child from someone.

Helping with crusty eyes, try a used damp tea bags, ordinary black tea, to clean the eye every day, a good English remedy, we always have a damp tea bag handy, and the tannins are good for helping gummy eyes.

My hint, buy a nice sensible bay, so much easier than trying to keep a grey clean

AMEN!!! I am so pleased with how easy my bay is to clean.
I am also intrigued by the tea bag thing. :)
We always have PG Tips on hand (husband is from the UK too). I will try the eye cleaning idea! Awesome.
     

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