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post #11 of 29 Old 03-17-2012, 10:55 PM
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post #12 of 29 Old 03-18-2012, 03:49 AM
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I know of someone from Germany who is the groom for a big dressage stables and she was taught to put talcum powder on white markings especially on the legs as is supposedly brings out a more radiant white shine!
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post #13 of 29 Old 03-18-2012, 07:35 PM
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Elbow grease and rub rags.

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post #14 of 29 Old 03-20-2012, 12:11 AM
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Lots of brushing LOTS. When I brush out my little show mare i spray her with Healthy Hair Care Hair Moisturizer Spray it is a therapeutic lanolin and oil enriched concentrate that assists in replacing vital oils to the hair and skin. And there is no Silicone or alcohol to dry out your horse’s hair coat. Daily use helps to control dandruff and dry skin. Also helps to tame the mane that the blankets from the winter messed up. Show Sheen for Tail and legs (after bath helps keep the dirt off day of the show) and at the show use PEPI Conditioning Aerosol Shining Spray (for horses used for k-9 at dog shows) Best to use a rang and spray the pepi on the rang and wipe it on your pony. Finishing touches baby powder on the chrome makes it POP and baby oil gel or just baby oil around the eyes and muzzle. Hope That Helps
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post #15 of 29 Old 03-20-2012, 09:11 PM
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Besides a nutrition balanced with the work level, and a lot of good grooming, I like Pepi and Shapleys products.

My gelding is a bay, so that's what I'm most practiced in grooming for.

I use the black spray from Shapleys on his lower legs, and bottom of his tail to get it all the same rich black. Then, I use the use the Pepi shine spray over the black, because it dulls out the shine.

*note-I only use it for showing/special events, because it's not the healthiest things for the hair. I make sure to thoroughly wash it out/off, especially from the tail.

For his white markings, I use the chalk in white made by Ultra. Cleaner than powder, and works great. I'm sure you can just use regular chalk, and for much cheaper, but that thought didn't occur to me before I spent $20 bucks on a brand name.
Anyways, those are the only products I use for showing.
His coat, mane and tail, stay shiny and healthy due to nutrition and maintained grooming, so I don't do anything special to that.
Mainly just his black points.

I'd do basically the same routine for any other color horse. Shapleys makes the spray in basically every coat color.

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post #16 of 29 Old 03-20-2012, 10:35 PM
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It's also important to remember that different breeds have different showing standards regarding what's acceptable as an "embellishment" and what isn't. No matter what breed or discipline you show, always know what's allowed.

For example, Arabians can't have fake tails or artificial coloring, but I've seen at many local shows QHs with all black feet (regardless of the 4 white socks) and a luxurious, full, fake tail (thought I know not all of them do).

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post #17 of 29 Old 03-21-2012, 05:53 PM
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In my case I added rice bran pellets to the feed. It was originally added to help with weight gain but the results in the coat have been incredible. Everyone always remarks how my horse is so sleek, smooth, soft and shiny. He still manages to really grind in the dirt when he rolls but with him all shed out it comes out pretty easily. In truth I don't do anything to the hoof itself as I find any hoof oil placed on the foot just causes sand to stick anyway.

For his little bit of white on his two hind feet I use Quik Silver just to make the white really makes a pretty nice contrast against his black legs.
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post #18 of 29 Old 03-21-2012, 06:11 PM
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When I was a groom I was on a extremely tight budget, and they would never buy anything useful. I had maybe three brushes, a curry, and bunch of rags, and a half bottle of something. And I was expected to make those horses shine bright. I don't like products are show sheen or anything like that because they seem like quick fix for lack of elbow grease. All the horses were washed with a pressure washer (on very low of course), no soap. At the show a deep currying with a soft curry comb, rub rags, and a bucket of water to remove any stains, scissors to trim any extra hairs, soft brush and damp rag to get rid of fine dust that settles. Hooves, sand paper, and clear hoof polish regardless of hoof color unless told other wise (I don't like black because on some horses it looks fake especially if they have white legs). Baby wipes for the nose, eyes and other areas with little hair, also great for quick touches of tack (alcohol free ones) because they dry quick without residue. Even use them to remove dust from dry polished hooves.

At one point I could do 8 horses, in 30 minutes all by hand including detangling and smoothing tails and manes, if braiding was done I needed an hour but usually only the teams needed it.
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post #19 of 29 Old 03-21-2012, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by tlkng1 View Post
For his little bit of white on his two hind feet I use Quik Silver just to make the white really makes a pretty nice contrast against his black legs.

Whats Quik Sliver? is it pricey? and do you have a site that could order from?

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post #20 of 29 Old 03-22-2012, 07:58 AM
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I only have two products in my grooming box for shows, other than cheap shampoo and conditioner and lots of brushes: Touch of Silver, which is a shampoo for old ladies to make their grey hair go that silvery colour, which I use on his socks and stockings, and a bottle of leave in conditioner, which I spray into his mane and tail, and brush onto his coat to give it a bit of extra shine. Other than that, hoof oil, quarter marks, some baby wipes and lots and lots of elbow grease.... giving them a really good curry comb before their pre-show bath always helps get the worst of the dull hair out, I find.
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