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post #1 of 9 Old 06-17-2013, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Horse care at horse show

What do most of you do to prepare you horses for a show, and how do you care for your horses during a show?
I have a 14 year old mare who I'm doing the 1.10m with this summer, and I think she needs a little more care than a younger, say 10 year old horse doing the same level.
Before I usually just wrapped her front legs as she doesnt like having her hind legs wrapped, but I don't know if not wrapping her hind legs would do her any good (we show on grass).
Any ideas, opinions and tips are appreciated
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If you show during the heat, make sure you have electrolytes available. I keep the paste handy at all times. (We're in Texas and it can hit 108 in the summer!). We also hose her down often (legs and belly if she needs to wear a saddle soon.

I check her water and hay regularly.
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Lots of access to water (mine wont drink at shows unless they're seriously thirsty, but I have it available anyway), try to find a spot with shade, keep off her back when you don't need to be riding (you see lots of riders who never get OFF their horses, but just sitting around on your horses back is when soreness is going to pop up, movement distributes your weight). For my jumper I get witch hazel in a spray bottle and spray his legs (fronts and backs, but more so on the fronts) and his back after we're all done, as does my coach.
Check your tack regularly, loosen up your girth when you don't need it tight (I made the mistake of leaving it tight last show and ended up with some issues from the heat). And don't overdo your warm ups! I saw lots of riders warming up over fences for close to half an hour yesterday. Get their legs and minds working and then you're good to go.
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alexischristina - what does the witch hazel do? I'm curious...
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It's sold as an astringent, can be used to prevent skin irritation (from sweaty legs under boots or sweaty backs under saddle pads) and can also be used to prevent swelling or soreness. People have been using it on sores, bruises, swelling and irritated skin (including bug bites) for years. Now it's sold in big jugs at most tack stores.
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Wow good to know...do you dilute it with water in a spray bottle?
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I buy it from the tack store, so it's a big jug already mixed to the right consistency. I imagine if you were buying pure witchhazel you would mix it with something, someone suggested alcohol.
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Okay thanks, may have to try it out!
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On the hotter days, I wet a bunch of towels, roll them up and freeze them the night before the show. I bring a cooler of them to the show with me and use them to cool my horse down between his rides. Works great. Other than that, I make sure to have lots of water and carrots on hand.

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