Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny
I like the above list, I also make sure hooves are nice and tidy then I spray a super shiny hairspray on them (I like the Aussi one). It dries pretty fast, looks natural yet gives a clean polished look and it washes out easily. Oh, and it doesn't dry out the hooves like hoof polishes can do.
I keep hairspray and hair gel with me too to smooth down any short hairs that come out of the braided main, I hate the "fuzzy look" after a horse has been lying on his braids over night as my horse does.
If I do halter, showmanship, grooms class, any type of halter type class where the horse is judged on looks, I like to take a toothbrush and clean any gross looking hay pieces out of my horses teeth. Also good to have a cloth to do an "under tail" wipe when needed.
In addition do what cinnys Whinny has said: I use hoof conditioner to make my horses hooves shine. Just apply. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Then wipe in circular motions with paper towel and kindof buff the surface. Sand doesn't stick when you do this. Also if done everyday it can make them healthier too. Remember, it is the daily grooming that REALLY shows in the ring.