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post #1 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Show Ready Horses, What's your secret?

Show season is right around the corner for many, and has already begun for some!
I know of a lot of tricks, methods, and products that get your horse's coat and hair all spiffed shiny and expensive-looking for spring and show season.

However I know only what is a drop in the bucket of secrets that all the loving horse owners know out in the world, so no matter what part of the horse you're talking about what's your secret to making your horse catch the judge's attention?

I am still under the impression that there is nothing alive quite so beautiful as a thoroughbred horse.
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post #2 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 02:37 PM
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I love quik silver for greys. Show sheen around the saddle area. I suggest investing in a power sander over hand sanding feet, too. It works miracles and is done in record time.
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post #3 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by SEAmom View Post
Show sheen around the saddle area.
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I just have a vision of a rider falling because their saddle slips on the show sheen
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post #4 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:11 PM
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That's why we do it around the area and not on it.

I learned that the hard way when I was a teenager and a groom at my first class A arabian show. That was one very unhappy trainer in the warmup arena!
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post #5 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:12 PM
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True shine comes from inside. No need for silly shine sprays.

Mine are all fed flax oil and thier diets are strictly controled.

lots and lots of schooling to keep them at the top of thier game and lots of hacking to keep them fresh, lots of fast work to keep them Fit.

My horses are all turned out 24/7 in summer as I think that a healthy mind creates a healthy horse.

I like my horses to feel "full of the joys of spring" all year round.

Correct schooling, lots and lots of slow long hill work and working a horse long and low produces brilliant topline.

shows are not the place to be doing schooling. Rosettes are won at shows, you only go to shows to pick them up?

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #6 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by wetrain17 View Post
I just have a vision of a rider falling because their saddle slips on the show sheen
Yeah, I was taught that's the one place not to put it.

I use a swiffer sheet / damp soft brush to take off the dust.

And with owning a paint I often use cattle paint to cover up any stains that won't budge.
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post #7 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:17 PM
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My secret for a show ready horse is having a healthy, happy, fit athlete!!

The horse should be conditioned properly for the work that is going to be asked of him - this means training for the next season starts a few weeks after the end of "last season". The horse should have a good feeding program high in fat and with adequate protien, calories, minerals and vitamins to allow him to have strong muscles and hooves and a shiny coat. The horse should also be treated like a horse, turned out in a group and in a large area to run around. It is so much easier to train a happy, healthy, mentally well balanced horse! And they stay so much more sound.

Grooming at the show is of course important, but the thing that will make your horse stand out from all the other immaculately groomed animals is his overall health and attitude towards work and showing! My horse can't wait to hop in the trailer to see what kind of adventure we are going on =)

They say money doesn't buy happiness -- well happiness doesn't buy horses!
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post #8 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 04:48 PM
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I agree with faye and anebel. Healthy, happy and fit horses from good everyday management!
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post #9 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 05:07 PM
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I like knowing that show horses arnt show horses all the time and can come home to a pasture with other horses, get to roll around and just be a horse :)
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post #10 of 29 Old 03-15-2012, 05:08 PM
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and no im not against showing lol
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