~The day before~
1. I wash them with an equine shampoo. You can also use dog or baby shampoo- as long as it is tearless. I just turn the hose on mine as it is hot here and they don't mind but if you horse is nervy try using a bucket of water to start with.
2. I wash and condition the tail. Once it is rinsed I put leave-in conditioner through it and leave in to dry.
3. I shampoo and rinse the mane. I never condition it before a show as it is then too silky to plait.
4. Once the horse is dry I give them a good brush.
5. I plait the mane and forelock. It doesn't matter if the mane is still damp when I do this.
6. I use MattGlo crystals to make my bay horses legs darker, and BlueGlo to make the white socks brighter. I also stain the hooves black.
7. I trim and shave the whiskers.
8. It's time to get wrapped up! A summer sheet if it's warm, a thick rug if its cold, a lycra hood to protect the plaits and a tail bag to keep the tail nice and clean.
~On the day~
1. Give the horse a good brush.
2. Tidy up the plaits and plait the tail. I use hairspray on my plaits to make them hold and stay nice and shiny. My horses don't mind me spraying them with aerosol.
3. Put on a polar fleece travel rug, trucking boots and wrap the tail.
4. Off we go!
Hope this was helpful :)