Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Right, the winter before I wil have used to sort any schooling issues ready for the new season.
About 2 weeks before the show I will wash his hocks and his tail. I will do this every other night for the 2 weeks (white hocks and tail). I also start pulling his tail, which gets a bit done every day for 2 weeks.
About 1 week before I attack him with the clippers and take all exra hair off his legs, face, bridle path and belly (he still has some baby fluff on his belly!)
I ALWAYS chuck the pony out for the morning so that they can chill in the field, makes them alot easier to work with.
1) prepare lorry, put water in, haynets, any bedding required, makesure all jackets and my clothes are in.
2) clean tack and put in lorry
3) do a full muck out and put clean bedding on his bed. Put in haynets,
4)drag monster in from the field, normaly covered head to toe in mud.
5) Brush mud off him
6) wash pony, starting with his head which I wash and rinse, then soap and rinse the rest of him.
7) Rug him up using his lycra all in one and several fleece rugs.
8) wash his legs and tail for a second time.
9) mix up a chalk/water mix and sponge onto his legs.
10) let him stand untill his legs are nearly dry, then bandage them.
11) chuck him in his stable, ensureing that he is comfortable.
12) get changed (because at this point I am normaly soaked)
13) feed him
14) prepare feeds and plaiting kit ready for the morning
15) at about 10pm I skip out so that he has less to lie in overnight.
Morning of the show.
1) roll up to the yard still half asleep
2) Grab pony place large amount of alfabeet infront of him
3) plait his forelock and the top of his mane (nice and easy when his head is on the floor (using thread)
4) when he has finnished stuffing himself, I tie him up and plait the bottom half of his mane.
5) replace his rugs with travelling rugs.
6) double check that everything is on the lorry, start the lorry and prefor any checks on it (lights, brakes etc)
7) muck out stable, make it ready for pony to go straight in when we get back
8)load pony (this normaly takes 2 mins max)
9) go to show!
Actualy at the show my routine is this:
1) park the lorry, turn the isolator off so I don't drain the battery during the day.
2) drop the ramp and offer pony a drink
3) send mum to do entries/pick up numbers/find where the rings are
4) Remove rugs from reeco give him a good grooming.
5) pop saddle on
6) smother pony in show shine
7) do quarter marks
8) do make up on pony
9) do make up on me
10) normaly mum has arrived back by now. So stick a bridle on the pony and unload him.
11) mum holds him whilst I remove the bandages from his legs
12) brush off his legs, and put bandages back on
13) apply hoof oil
14) change into show clothes.
15) warm up pony ready for his class
16) return to the lorry where mum gives me a drink and removes his leg bandages
17) make sure mum has her grooming kit with her and then walk over to the ring, just before entering the ring mum tops up the hoof oil, removes any dust, checks that nothing is missing. Then she removes tail bandage, brushes out his tail with alot of mane and tail conditioner.
18) Just before entering the ring mum smothers his tail in supreme sparkle, puts a little bit on his plaits and if we are showing under lights (so an evening preformance) then will smother his coat in sparkle.
Sparkle goes on last because any longer and it picks up dust like no ones business.
Sometimes when the show is quite far away we will travel the night before and stable overnight.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT
Last edited by faye; 12-19-2010 at 10:51 PM.