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    03-11-2011, 03:52 PM
What I do to make Phantom's tail look thicker than it is (even though it's pretty thick to start) spray with a little leave in conditioner or show sheen and use a plastic curry to get the big knots out. Then take little section and use this MANE & TAIL BRUSHES - kind of brush. And brush the tail outward away from the body...keep adding little sections when there are no knots left in the section you're brushing. Once that's all done flip the bottom of the tail up onto their butt and and brush it out like a fan. Then just let it fall. My friends say it gives phantoms tail a waterfall effect. It ripples like a waterfall every time he takes a step and makes his tail look 2 times thicker than if I actually just brushed it. And it looks all whispy it's cool haha. I had someone at my show ask me if it was a fake tail O.o
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    03-11-2011, 04:04 PM
Get a horse that is dirt colored like mine :p

Just in general good grooming everyday helps keep mine as clean as he can get. Which is not very clean considering he pees all over his legs (doesn't park out) and poops in his tail ( barely lifts up his tail LAZY BOY!)>.<
I read in a book on grooming for hunter competitions that a grooms best friend is a cloth, apparently it makes horses really shiny to rub them with a cloth
    03-11-2011, 04:07 PM
Elbow grease.
    03-13-2011, 04:43 PM
I show a loud paint gelding that has a bald face. One of my favorite classes is grooming and conditioning. He has white hooves so I take a mini sander and sand his feet then apply the clear hoof polish. I also use this stuff called EQ Solutions which is a spray on and hose off cleaner it does not dry out their coats so you can use it every day. So that helps to make his show bath easier. I also use the baby oil on his nose and around his eyes and also in the inside of his ears if he lets that day.
    03-13-2011, 04:47 PM


I no longer feel so bad about my mud monsters,
    03-13-2011, 04:51 PM
Originally Posted by Golden Horse    


I no longer feel so bad about my mud monsters,
I would cry if my paint did that. He is mostly white.
    03-13-2011, 04:57 PM
Green Broke
Well I have a "white" (Grey) Horse and thank goodness he is generally a clean horse haha.
When we are going to shows I use shampoo for white horses, and then I show sheen him and use baby oil around his eyes and nose. I use Corn oil for a "Shiny" also, I Just put it in my horses feed and it helps them get shiny.
    03-14-2011, 09:49 AM
I am glad that my pig makes some of you feel better about yours :)
    03-14-2011, 10:44 AM
I came across a new trick last summer by complete accident. I normally use corn starch and a toothbrush on white legs, got in my tote, corn starch was empty...dingy white legs on a jet black horse, ugh....thanks to the brilliance of my 5 yr old daughter, we got her white. My daughter had left a bucket of sidewalk chalk in my truck and she "colored" my mares legs with a big ol' piece of white sidewalk chalk :) Worked pretty well too lol!

Don't feel bad Dubya, I have muddy pigs right now too! My grey mare is a total mud/water baby and right now is about 6 wks out from foaling...caught her rolling yesterday (very ungracefully I might add) and with her mongo baby belly she doesn't get very far, she looks like a big chocolate dipped marshmallow! Muddy legs and about halfway up her belly. Hope I get a few warm enough days to give her a good bath before baby day LOL!
    03-14-2011, 12:40 PM
OMG Golden! I am sooo glad Nelson is a clean horse! Lol.

I have no cleaning tips/secrets to share to be honest. I just groom on a daily basis.

When shows come, I do nothing different. I don't even bathe. For the mane and tail, I put conditioner in them to make them shiny and soft. That's about it.

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