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    09-09-2011, 09:12 AM
  #1
Trained
show prepping a yearling

First things first, I totally disagree with stables for yearlings, so even though we have them, they are not an option. As for rugs, I can't afford to be replacing them every few weeks as she destroys/outgrows them.

But, there's a show in about a month and a half (usually it's end of october, start of november), and I want her to be ready. I might braid, I might not (depends on how long she'll stand still).

She is shedding like MAD at the moment, so I'm brushing her every day until my arms are sore, and I have a shedding comb which is basically a metal sweat scraper with small teeth, which I use when I can find it.

She is on mineral suppliments and pellets (not much in the way of pelleted feed though as we are coming into the spring flush and she is a pretty easy keeper).

Satin's mane is REALLY thick and fluffy and will not under any circumstances lie on the correct side so tomorrow after work I'll probably bring her up and try to braid it into training braids... wish me luck lol

I will trim a bridle path, but I'm not sure whether with clippers or scissors. The younger we introduce the clippers the easier it will be to body clip her when she's older, but at the same time I don't really feel like having a huge fight with her over them, when I'm trying to prepare her for a show.

We are not going to this show for placings, not by any means! We're just going for the experience. I mean I'll probably take Monty as well, but he'll be in the jumping, where he and I are both experienced enough to be competitive.

For me, because I'll be riding as well, I'll probably be in riding gear... and as for tack for her, she'll be in an english show halter, with a ribbon browband.

Any specific tips for getting a buckskin coat to really shine? Washing isn't really an option, by the way, unless she's really filthy or sleeps in poop, and if we wash, it'll have to be in the morning on the day.

Also... show make-up or no?

Edit; make-up for her, not me. I don't wear it... except lipgloss and maybe mascara if I'm really dressing up.
     
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    09-09-2011, 03:06 PM
  #2
Yearling
I am not a show person, especially not of buckskins, but I have done a lot of prep work and watching.

Brush brush brush!! You will need to get as much of the shedding hair off as possible.

I would thin her mane (if you want to) or just put it in a running braid. A product I use to help make the mane and tail soft is Vetrolin Serum, available at most Farm stores.

To make her shiny, buy a shine spray, such as Show Sheen. Makes for a quick easy shine and it looks great

Hoof polish is a possibility.

Trimming is also a possibility, but be careful with scissors. I've heard of vaseline or oil on the nose to make them shiny, but I've never done it.
     
    09-09-2011, 03:24 PM
  #3
Trained
Well, I'd bathe her, a dirty horse has no place at a show unless it's just a play day. Dirty horses say disrespect to a judge as much as dirty kit, boots and tack.

If her mane is wild, then braid. If you can only do 2 or 3 braids per session that's fine, she's just a baby and it might take several sessions. If her bridle path has never been trimmed I'd trim it short short with scissors then introduce her to the clippers. I start by running them over the neck and withers and ribs, just the body of the clippers not the blade. Once she's ok with that slide the running clippers up her neck slowly until you can rub the body of the clippers on her mane about halfway down her neck. Then inch up until you can just sit them on the area you want to clip. By then she ought to take to the clipping just fine especially since it's a short bridle path anyhow (ear length).

As for make up I'd use a little vaseline or baby oil gel ( I like lavender it's somewhat calming) on her muzzle, along her tear bone and around her eyes. Not too heavy, just enough to get a little glisten.

Show Sheen, Vetroline Shine or Laser Sheen are good for sparking up a dull coat but to really get a coat in show condition you need to have been rugging her to keep her coat out of the sun or keeping her stabled during the harshest part of the day. Failing that brushing, currying with a rubber curry and bathe, condition and show sheen.

If you don't want to do all that work then just take her to the show grounds and walk her around and let her get used to all the hurry scurry and hubbub without putting her in the show itself. It's a good way to get them started.
     
    09-09-2011, 03:31 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
Well, I'd bathe her, a dirty horse has no place at a show unless it's just a play day. Dirty horses say disrespect to a judge as much as dirty kit, boots and tack.

If her mane is wild, then braid. If you can only do 2 or 3 braids per session that's fine, she's just a baby and it might take several sessions. If her bridle path has never been trimmed I'd trim it short short with scissors then introduce her to the clippers. I start by running them over the neck and withers and ribs, just the body of the clippers not the blade. Once she's ok with that slide the running clippers up her neck slowly until you can rub the body of the clippers on her mane about halfway down her neck. Then inch up until you can just sit them on the area you want to clip. By then she ought to take to the clipping just fine especially since it's a short bridle path anyhow (ear length).

As for make up I'd use a little vaseline or baby oil gel ( I like lavender it's somewhat calming) on her muzzle, along her tear bone and around her eyes. Not too heavy, just enough to get a little glisten.

Show Sheen, Vetroline Shine or Laser Sheen are good for sparking up a dull coat but to really get a coat in show condition you need to have been rugging her to keep her coat out of the sun or keeping her stabled during the harshest part of the day. Failing that brushing, currying with a rubber curry and bathe, condition and show sheen.

If you don't want to do all that work then just take her to the show grounds and walk her around and let her get used to all the hurry scurry and hubbub without putting her in the show itself. It's a good way to get them started.

I agree with this memeber. She gave very good information and tips.
     
    09-10-2011, 06:53 AM
  #5
Trained
Oh she won't be dirty, I know how rude that is. I just REALLY don't agree with rugging or stabling babies. They need to be horses. (and no, I'm not against rugging, my adult horse is rugged, I just don't like to rug foals, and CANNOT AFFORD to replace rugs every 3 weeks!)

As for washing, if she's dirty enough to need it, it will happen on the day or she'll just get filthy again (as I will not rug her as I CANNOT AFFORD IT). If she's just a little bit dirty, a full grooming session will do. I'm not going to separate her from Monty and just FYI, I can't stable Monty because he is severely claustrophobic. He'll stress and drop weight. Trailering him is enough of a challenge, and that'll only be 10 minutes tops. Living in a stable with limited turn-out will be a huge problem for him and I'm just not willing to put him through that.

It is not a big show, it's just a little local thing (the town's agricultural show, actually), and WE ARE NOT GOING FOR RIBBONS. She's been to a show before and did very well so I know she's quality enough for ribbons, but that's not the point of going.

However, it will be MAD there, horses everywhere and show rides, people, photographers... all things I want her to be exposed to, and she will be expected to be polite and attentive (yeah she's a baby, but that doesn't mean we can change the rules). And yeah, if I'm not in a class, I get a bit lax with that, so we will be in a class.

I won't thin her mane (I love thick manes), so her mane will be done in a running braid, not something I can do in several sessions. Therefore, if she won't stand, I won't bother. It's not something I feel it's worth fighting with a foal over. Maybe I'll start practicing now. Maybe not.

I know tons of local people who don't bother with all of that for BIG shows (they wash, brush, rug and braid, but no special products) and yet they do great. I guess I'd rather come second with the horse that I know isn't "enhanced" with chemicals, than win with the horse that I know actually has a really dull and horrible coat, but looks nice because I've just about drowned it with shine product.

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on the rugging, stabling, and product. I'll get some clear show makeup for her, but I'd prefer to use something designed for horses over baby oil or vaseline. Baby oil attracts the sun and vaseline attracts dust (something that is inevitable when your showring is surrounded by a trotting track). Dust is not a good look, I'm sure you'll agree, and I don't want Satin's PINK nose getting sun burned. So yes, I'll spend the money and get something specifically for horses.

She will be clean enough, but it could well be a big struggle, because apparently water is scary. She MAY still be shedding, nothing I can do about the amount of time it takes for her to totally shed out. I know about etiquette, guys, I'm not totally new to showing. I just haven't shown a yearling before, and I haven't had to prep a horse that wasn't rugged.
     
    09-10-2011, 03:21 PM
  #6
Yearling
If you don't like using anything artificial, then don't. Just take her as she is after a good brushing. Sounds like you got it figured out
     
    09-10-2011, 05:37 PM
  #7
Foal
I have to be honest and say that it sounds like you don't want to do anything required/recommended of shows. Not trying to be rude, but just saying.
     
    09-12-2011, 06:15 AM
  #8
Trained
I have to respond to the above remark. I'd ordinarily ignore totally unnecessary comments like it, but eh, since I'm here I might as well say something.

It's not that I don't want to rug/stable, it's that I can't. My adult horse is claustrophobic, he CANNOT COPE with being stabled, and Satin can't cope with being kept on her own. I'm not going to have either horse standing and stressing and dropping weight, that would just be cruel. I can't afford to be forking out $100 every few weeks because I have to replace another outgrown or destroyed rug. Honestly, buying new rugs every season is a stretch, especially seeing as it is not essential here unless you clip. The coldest it EVER gets here is like -3 C, it never snows or sleets. Monty has to have rugs on but that's because he's 16 and was neglected a few years ago so he doesn't cope with cold temperatures.

I have been offered a really heavy little canvas rug that will fit Satin, but it's too heavy to use this time of year, and she'll have outgrown it by the time I could even consider using it on her.

So I don't feel like having a massive fight with my foal over something really minor like a braid. She wasn't braided for her first show and she not only won her class, but took out supreme unregistered horse, placing over braided and fully mature horses. She'll stand for hours if you're giving her a really hard scrub with the (metal) curry comb, so maybe I'll get someone to do that while I braid her mane/tail. Washing will be challenging because she hates getting wet, but if she needs it, it will happen. Note, only if she NEEDS it, because she is a pasture puff first and foremost, and if I wash her I'll strip the natural oils from her coat that keep her from getting soaked through every time it rains.

So excuse me for wanting to look after my foal, above being "properly" presented, and therefore above getting ribbons.
     
    09-12-2011, 09:33 PM
  #9
Yearling
I have no problem with what you are saying Blue. But I do have to wonder, if you don't want to use anything, then why ask what everyone else uses? Sounds like you've got it figured out, and that your filly is just naturally stunning. So go like she is, can't hurt her

If you DON'T want to use anything artificial, then don't. But I will say you can "bathe" her w/o shampooing (sounds crazy I know). It will rinse away all the dirt that is stuck on the coat without getting rid of any oil. Although I have never heard anyone say natural oil gets washed away with a bath as you say it does, but hey to each his own.
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    09-12-2011, 10:44 PM
  #10
Trained
Hmm, it's the universally accepted thing around here that washing with shampoo strips the oils in the coat. That's why the advice for show prepping pasture puffs is generally to brush them like mad and only wash them if they're REALLY filthy.

Rinsing gets rid of a lot of the dirt but not all of it, so I don't know if some people here would be happy with it.

Got no more time, have to get back to this later. I have more to say, just no time to say it.
     

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