Night Before- 5 pm.
Typically I just ride my horse for a bit, get him moving at least, he has hock problems, so I like to keep him moving to keep him nice and lose.
I get off, and curry till my arm falls off, then I brush him all over, try to get every last piece of dirt off of his whole body. Then I apply a little dangler to his mane and tail and brush it out, gently. Then I use a hard brush to remove all caked dirt off of his hoof walls.
I give him a a bath next. I get soap ALL over him, and then rinse completely. Then I shampoo and condition his mane and tail and rise that to. Then with a wet cloth I wash his face. Then I wash his hoofs, dry to get all of the dirt off of them as well, it sounds odd but it helps the hoof polish stick better.
I let him stand tied with a hay bag for about an hour to dry all of the way.
From 7:00 to 8:00 I just talk to other people at the barn....
Refill his hay bag...
Then I with a soft brush, I brush him all over again. Apply some show sheen. Then I put on his lycra blanket. Then I brush out his mane and tail really gently. Apply some show sheen to both. The I put on his lycra hood. Then I brush his legs and clip the fetlock hairs. Then I put him away in his stall for the night, this is usually about 9 when I am all done. Then I give him some more hay.
Come morning I get there are 5:30 am.
I get to the barn! I take off his lycra sheet and hood. Rebrush out his mane and tail. Then I take a soft brush all over his body. Then I band his mane. Put back on his sheet and hood. Then I apply some cover up to his legs, white markings on his face and white leg markings. Then I clip his whiskers. Then I put him back in his stall and give him his breakfast. I just wait until everybody else is ready to leave. If people are running late I will go a head and apply his hoof black and some more cover up to his mane, tail, and forelocks. Then I would also apply some more showsheen and fly spray.
Ready to leave at about 7:00....
When we are about to leave, I wrap his legs, and making sure the cover up is dry all the way. If we are going in an open stock and its kinda chilly, I will put on his wind/waterproof sheet over the top of his lycra sheet. Then I also will wrap the top of his tail.
Get to the show around 7:30 or 8:00 show starts in 1 hour.
I get him out of the trailer, remove his sheets and hoods, unwrap his legs, and his tail. Then I quickly start working on halter, or I ride him if I am not doing halter. With Ben as soon as you get him out of the trailer you have to get his mind thinking or he is a pain the rest of the day.
Then I put his sheet and hood back on. Tie him to the trail with some hay, do some other thing that needs to be done, fix any broken, or rubbed bands. Then I put in his fake tail in making SURE it is in all the way. Apply the hoof black and wait for the show to begin!
People think my preshow routine is really crazy, and extensive but I don't think its THAT bad.
Post what you/your barn does!!