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post #1 of 18 Old 04-07-2008, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Show Groom Horror Stories

I found a post on another forum with some pretty funny stories about grooms.


Does anyone have stories of their own?

I don't because I've never ever been to a horse show.

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post #2 of 18 Old 04-08-2008, 01:46 AM
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not sure if this is what you mean but-

Shad goes brownish in winter and last year mum had the 'great' :roll: idea to dye him black! he has had his tail dyed before so we were sure he wouldn't have a reaction to it. Anyway once we finished and he was dry........................NEVER AGAIN .it was patchy!!! luckily by the time the next show came around I had bathed him enough that it wasn't as noticable..... lol I remember every time I had a lesson, my trainers husband would say 'that horse looks like it's been dyed' with a smirk on his face lol
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post #3 of 18 Old 04-08-2008, 06:24 AM
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I know someone who used Glo-white and left it sit on the coat, so turned her pinto purple

I also know someone who was using a falsie and it fell out in the middle of one of her classes.
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post #4 of 18 Old 04-08-2008, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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I didn't mean grooming. I meant a show groom as in the person who helps the rider with their horse for competition. I had a link with the post with some good stories but a mod removed it and I have no idea why.
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post #5 of 18 Old 04-09-2008, 09:00 PM
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Hmm... I don't have any huge horror stories. But at the last A show of the year last year I was riding in the very first division on a pretty green 4 y/o. I got there early in case she needed some extra schooling only to find out that the braider hadn't even started on her mane! I nicely asked her when she would be finished and tried not to panic.... until 5 minutes before my class was supposed to start! I started getting more adament about getting ready and the braider said in a very condescending voice "Don't worry, they won't move on to the next division without you..." I'm thinking, I still have to school! FORTUNATELY my horse was wonderful! But I warmed up in like 5 minutes and had to show. I hate doing that to horses.
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post #6 of 18 Old 05-02-2008, 11:30 AM
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I have never been to a show and am going to one next month but I am planning on doing the grooming myself.

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post #7 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 04:27 AM
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ha ha well straight after I finished an open class I had to switch horses and go into a Pony Club Rider class.. I had to change saddles, bridle, blanket and jacket (into jumper) in about 30 seconds.. I got changed and my parents did my horse.. I ended up with the wrong bridle anyway, my saddle cloth was upside down and I had the wrong tie on ha ha.. still came second though but the judge gave me a talking to *hehe* moral of story.. don't over commit and if you do, don't rush lol

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post #8 of 18 Old 05-11-2008, 04:28 AM
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my mistake I didnt switch horses, just gear lol

live for the good times,, forget all the bad,, love him forever and you'll be always glad!! So hug like you mean it,, and kiss in the night,, smile when they cant see and never ever fight!!
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post #9 of 18 Old 05-13-2008, 12:35 PM
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at the show two weekends ago I took my 2 year old gelding, so I just did showmanship, halter, and trail in hand... then I took over for my friend (i played showmom to her 12 year old so she could ride to for a change)...

I called for a tack change because 2 kids were sharing a pair of chaps and I heard the change while we were at the barns so I made her run to the showring and grabbed the other girl, ripped the chaps off her and sent poor sarah in to the 50 and over class! I heard the wrong tack change!!! We had to switch the chaps over again and then do it at the right time. I laughed so hard I cried... teehee....
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post #10 of 18 Old 05-13-2008, 12:43 PM
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I have a funny one...not a horror story.

I was grooming for a big Arab barn in the area - we had taken 6 horses to Culpepper VA in order to get them qualified for nationals.

Well, there was one horse - a half paint/half arabian gelding named Luke (Slow Hand TA) - at home, he would roll in his stall and get stuck all the time, but our maintenance guys would always help him get up.

It was about 2:30 in the afternoon, we had just come back from eating lunch - I was doing a stall check to throw hay/make sure everyone had water - I looked in Luke's stall and at first didn't see him -

But then, there he was - he had rolled himself right up against the far wall of the stall - all 4 feet straight up in the air. He wasn't panicked or anything...just kind of looking around

I think he had probably been like that for a while...but we had to get pictures of him before we got him up

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