04-29-2013, 12:27 PM
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This is what I do for show:
For white markings I clean them with Cowboy Magic then before show I brighten them up with baby powder.
For his mane and tail, I use Cowboy Magic and then brush it thoroughly. Sometimes I'll braid it, but usually I leave it down. I got tail bags this year, so hopefully it will be better with the tails.
For their body:
Well, obviously the first thing I would do is give them a nice bath. ;)
When my horses are drying off, I take them for a slow walk in the sun - trying not to raise too much dust.
When they are dry, for the rest of the time I only brush them with a soft brush because I don't want to show any dirt I missed. It's hard to get the dirt off without a bath.
With their hooves, I clean them really well with Cowboy Magic, then I just leave it. I always trip their hooves, their ears, and their whiskers. I pull their mane to get it mostly straight, not too many long strands showing.
That is basically it. It doesn't sound like a lot, but it sure does work. Then when ever I go to clean their stalls or check up on them, I brush them down with a soft brush, clean their hooves, and brush their mane.
I like being close to my horses when they are stalled, I like to make sure they have enough food, water, clean stalls, and a clean body. It's kind of like their vacation because they don't get as much love as that when I just go out daily to ride. LOL, but they love it all anyways.
Last year I won Best Barn Citizenship because I was always there for my horse and I helped others.