I don't know where you guys get these magical clean bay horses but mine is a HOG! If I intend to show, he will have to be bathed an hour before the class. Even then, he would probably still find a way to get a roll in!
Yeah on the day that picture was taken, it was about 30* outside and she went to one end of the arena and pawed in a huge water puddle and rolled right in it, then proceeded to run as fast as she could to the near side of the arena and roll in the mud.
I'm lucky enough to have a black horse, haha. She's pretty easy to keep clean. She only has about three square inches of white on one of her legs, but she does have a big white nose which is a pain to clean.
Most of you probably show with your manes braided, but for those of us who have to leave them down... Take a stiff body brush, dip it in the water bucket, and brush the mane. Voila! A smooth, flat mane in seconds.
Oh oh oh oh heres one NOT to do, don't spray showsheen on your horse's coat right before saddling, I watched a younger girl do that, saddle her horse go into a hunter o/f class and has her saddle slip all the way to the side.
Whether or not I have to braid or not braid I always use a neck wrap the night before a show.
I try and do everything the night before, Bath, walk till dry, groom, braid(if need be), then a sheet and a neck wrap and into the stall they go. The other thing my barn does is they clean the horse's legs and polish the hooves and then put shipping boots on before we leave for a show so they stay clean.
If I think of anything else i'll post
Oh on a side note have any of you great people ever heard of putting crest toothpaste on sarcoids to shrink them? My grandmother and are old vet (my he rest in peace) were talking about it when I was younger and it was brought up not to long ago that applying crest toothpaste can shrink them, I was wondering if any of you had heard of that.
Oh I would like to edit that I will be trying this on my horse after he was checked by the vet and yes it is a sarcoid and it is not dangerous just a blemish.