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    07-22-2011, 05:16 AM
Originally Posted by Horserider33    
for the mud monsters I let the mud dry and then metal curry comb it off (be careful!!). There will be alot of dust but it will get the chunks out. Then rubber curry in circles really really well and use brushes in order from stiff to soft. It takes time but will help alot. Be careful on the legs and use rubber curry on those. Do not metal curry on legs!! After brushing you can bathe or just rinse your horse. You don't have to but it will get any remaining dirt out.
An alternative to the metal curry is a human hair brush(Paddle brush), I found that out the other day (It's winter here and in the worst part of it right now)
Finger nails also work really well if your not afraid to get dirt under your nails just giving the horse a good scratch where he/she is itchy(or not) and Bam the mud gone. :)
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    07-22-2011, 06:16 AM
I bath my horse and then do a warm baby oil bath all over (warm water with a decent couple of squirts of baby oil... ) agitate the water dip sponge on and wipe over horse. Put in a fleece blanky to dry off then cover and turn out as normal (Or stable etc...)

Doesnt make them slippery at all :)
    07-22-2011, 04:11 PM
Originally Posted by Sarahandlola    
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?
Lots of really good ideas!

For shine on the body after we used show sheen we actually spray them down with fly spray and wipe with our hands, it adds a lot of shine. And for the face we use Silverados Face Glow, it works fantastic, my mare has grey around her eyes and on her nose and it shined it right up for the shows.
    07-26-2011, 03:55 PM
Originally Posted by jody111    
I bath my horse and then do a warm baby oil bath all over (warm water with a decent couple of squirts of baby oil... ) agitate the water dip sponge on and wipe over horse. Put in a fleece blanky to dry off then cover and turn out as normal (Or stable etc...)

Doesnt make them slippery at all :)
does this make them shine too? Like for shows? Im trying to find something that I can do to make my horse really shine for halter but where I can ride him later in a pleasure class without the saddle slipping all over.
    07-26-2011, 04:42 PM
Yep really shiney - will find a pic of my girl who would have been done the day before:

She's known as the shiney pony amoung my friends
    07-26-2011, 05:39 PM
I have a grey and he's ALWAYS dirty. But I give him a bath the day before, and somehow he always knows to stay nice and clean. Sparkley horse! . And then I have a dun who can hide EVERYTHING!
    07-29-2011, 02:22 AM
On the bottoms of white tails where they have the habit of turning yellow out at pasture I use tide laundry detergent, It really works!!! I use just a little bit.

If your horse gets shavings in its braids, use a small, short-bristled brush to gently remove them without damaging any of your artwork.

If you have a breed that has feathers(such as the Clydesdale) you can put wood shavings in them to help keep them a little cleaner(tip I learned from a friend who shows drafts)

If you have to do quick hose offs or spot baths using water then if you put rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spray it on, it will help speed up drying time

A little bit of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth wiped on the horse with the hair can get some of the small last minute dust, especially helpful in dusty arenas.
    07-29-2011, 07:07 AM
I think having the local horse-crazy kid around helps, if there is no horse show mum/hubby/boyfriend/partner/person. My friend's daughter is nuts about horses and quite competent, and will happily run around at a show, brushing, baby oiling, show sheening and touching up my mare whenever she can, then gets excited when we win something, shouting "That the horse I groom!"

A tip I got for horses with black stockings (your buckskins, bays, etc) is Shapley’s Show Touch Up spray. You spray it on their stockings to make them look more solid and neater. Unfortunately they don't have it for white socks and stockings! But for that I recommend baby powder then spraying hairspray on.

And for horses with wonky markings, boot polish works great to cover up odd spots of white and to straighten your more curved blazes.
    08-04-2011, 05:15 PM
Jody111: thanks!! I will try the baby oil this weekend (thats the nearest show). I might still use show sheen on the legs, booty, shoulders, and neck but for the saddle area ill leave it and try what you suggested.

Also, I bathe the day before a show. I shampoo hair and body and rinse. I leave the mane if I braid or band it, conditioner makes it slippery. For the tail I put conditioner (human or horse brands. I use both and it all works fine) in and I work it through. The conditioner will moisturize the tail and help detangle it too. After working it in, hand pick through the tail until there's almost no more tangles (this also helps the tail grow from, oh whats the word... ummmm, its kinda like the sensation of rubbing the tail and stuff like that) anyway, then I kinda shake the tail and stand back and look. This makes small, thin tails poof up (good thing not bad lol) and big, thick tails look poofy but neat. If your horse has a big tail and this poofs it up too much just wrap your hand around the tail and wring your hand all the way to bottom of the tail. This leaves it poofy but pushes the hair together a little so that there's not too much poof. If there are spots that are a little less poofy and look funny pull the strands out away from the tail and let it fall. It should look evenly poofy. It makes my pleasure horse look like he has a fake tail in even though he doesnt. I don't brush the tail at all I just pick it and that works alone. Brushing it makes it smaller looking doing the opposite of what you want. I hope this helps!!

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