04-15-2013, 08:57 PM
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Well for me it depends which horse I'm showing, but for this purpose I will stick with the mini.
I body clip in the spring and groom every time I work with him. I also keep his tail bagged because its really long and if not he steps on it. I use oils and other moisturizers in it and rebar it either weekly or biweekly. I try to avoid combing or brushing it as much as possible, and just finger pick it most of the time.
About a week before show I clip again, this time paying more attention to the eyes, nose, ears, legs, tail, etc.
The day before show I give him a good bath and scrubbing with regular and whitening shampoo. Then I put leave in conditioner in his mane and tail. If he's not going in a stall for the night I blow dry him until he's not as wet, an then put his sleezy on. Last year I didn't wrap his legs, and that was a big mistake as they were filthy the next day.
The day of show, I make sure to clean every little thing, including under his tail, in his nostrils, his eyes, etc. I use Pepi and some other shine sprays that I use all over, since he is not ridden. I am also planning on using a white spray this year to give him that super clean look. Then I use some baby powder on all of his white spots as a touch up, and I use hoof polish. Right before I go into my class, I change him into his show halter and then add his face goop.
I keep a baby wipe in my pocket to clean his hooves and anywhere else that might need it immediately before he goes into the arena.
Last year I got A LOT of people asking how I got him so white and kept him that way.
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