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post #11 of 13 Old 05-08-2013, 01:38 PM
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I donít think any of our prep schedules are busy - just normal ;)

Every Day:
Every hour I always make sure his stall is clean and he has clean water and his hay isn't scattered. (We have small judges for our barn work and stalls too, haha!)
Ride my horses for a bit so that they aren't in the stall the whole time and they can be relaxed in a new place by doing things he knows.
Practice riding and walking my horse in and out of the arena, practice all different kinds of courses so that we are ready for the ones the judges put up.
Every day I brush them with a rough and a soft brush.
I clean their hooves when I get there in the mornings and leave at night.
I put cowboy magic in their mane and tail.
I clean their hooves and legs in case anything "new" appeared there.
I walk them at least twice every day, sometimes once if I rode them that day.

I always ride them two days before the show days, and after I ride I give them baths. I give them a bath two days before the show because the other people there always fill up the bath stalls the night before and the day of.
I wet him down, soap him up EVERYWHERE, rinse, soap again, rinse, rinse with fancy hose brush thing that gets water all over myself, wash him face, shampoo and condition his mane and tail, rinse with brush, wash face twice, wash hooves and legs three times (that's hard for a white horse and dirt.)
Then I take them in the grassy area in the sun and let them dry for a bit. When their mane is mostly dry I put Cowboy magic in their mane and tail. Then when they are mostly dry I walk them around and then put them in their stalls and put on their tail bags.
After I bathe them I don't ride them because I don't want them getting too dirty or sweaty again.
I don't use any big brushes after baths because I don't want to raise up any unwanted dirt I missed when I gave them a bath.

Show morning:
I brush his mane, tail, clean his hooves, brush him with a soft brush, do any last minute clipping, shine up any of their white markings, and make sure their ears and face is clean.
I walk them around and make sure they are OK with everything that is there.
Sometimes I will add fly spray, but only if they are bad. Otherwise I don't bother with it.
Then I make sure their tack is clean and ready to go.

Thatís about it for me ;)

I am there every day my horse is to make sure he is getting what he needs and visitors arenít torturing him. :)
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What I do-

1. Go out and either ride for a bit, work on halter, or lunge for a bit just to get them a bit tired for the bath.

2. Brush them down really good- Curry, Stiff Brush, Soft brush.

3. Rinse them all down, and soap from head to toe then rinse.

4. Wash mane/tail.

5. Then I walk them over to the neighbor's barn and put them in the stall.

6. I don't have time in the mornings to band so once I get to the stall I band the mane and if I do something with the tail then do something with it. Put my lycra hood on, cotton sheet, and wrap the tail if I need to.

7. Give hay, water, etc.. and load the trailer if I haven't already.

8. None of my horses have white on them so its really nice. I did show a horse with white once but I scrubbed her feet really good when I gave her a bath and they were bright and clean the next day. My friends what they do is once they get to the show they put their horse's feet in a water bucket and scrub them about 30mins before the show starts.

The morning all I prettty much do is load hay bags, check to make sure all the bands are still straight, load up, and take off.

Once I get to the show I walk my horse in the arena to get them used to it then get ready for halter.
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