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post #1 of 10 Old 12-05-2011, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Show Grooming Tips

I have a show coming up and I was just wondering, what are your show grooming tips

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post #2 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 05:55 PM
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Here is a small list:
A. for white marking ringside dilema:
-baby powder
-alchohol
-quick silver

B. slobber
- baby whipes
-no clover!

C. tack
-leather whipes

D. tails
-cowboy magic conditioner leave in
-brush
- braid loosly over night (leave 6 inches unbraided on bottom for a fly swatter)

E. manes
-braid day/night before
-use sleazies
-use yarn not rubber bands. it looks more proffesional.

F. YOU
-scrubs/PJs to cover up clothes
-wear paddock boots instead of tall boots until last minute

G. body
-use body brush/rag/groom stone EVERYDAY to create one-of-a-kind shine


Hope this helped!
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post #3 of 10 Old 12-07-2011, 08:38 PM
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What kind of show are you preparing for?

Because I do different things pre-show, depending on if I'm showing english or western at the time.

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post #4 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 09:38 AM
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I spray ethnic hair spray in my horses mane and tail before we go in the ring. Makes her hair so soft, and shiny!
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post #5 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 02:26 PM
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clean your horse like crazy and make sure he is has a nice clipped bridle path and i clip around the hooves a bit to make him look good down at the feet.....most people trim their horses whiskers but i dont.....although my shows are not strict about all of that fancy stuff lol
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DejaVu its a english show

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post #7 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 09:24 PM
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Clean tack before you get to the show! Sometimes if the shows are 2 or more hours away I get somebody else to drive while I clean my tack in the car. Otherwise do the night before, or after the last time you ride before you show.
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-08-2011, 09:35 PM
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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.
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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.
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cowboy magic is what i use for my geldings now and i hate it, it stinks and i find it leaves a residue.. I've gone through show sheen, vetroline and mane and tail also and I found mane and tail to be the winner..

When your going to an english show put a sleezie on your horse!! this makes sure their braids stay intact overnight, also a stable sheet would be wise as well. I learned that the hard way my first show when my boy had pee stains over his back leg and belly.

Has anyone ever tried straightening their horses tail if its a wavy/ponyish tail?
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