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        01-18-2013, 10:07 AM
      #21
    Green Broke
    When I get ready for a local showing/gaming show:

    --I'll have already put months of training on my horse to do the maneavars correctly. I don't show at the national level, so I don't need a world class performance horse, but I do want to do things correctly.

    --The week before the show, I will clip and trim fetlocks, bridal path (I keep a very small one, just enough to let the halter/bridle through), and trim up any mane or tail stragglers if I need to. I show locally, so I let my horses keep their manes and tails long for flies. I don't pull. I also don't trim away all the hair in the ears (I let them keep it for flies) but I do make them look neater. I do all this the week before, so the trim lines have time to be less noticeable.

    --A day or two before the show, I will give my horse a bath if they need it. I will also wash any support boots I need for gaming, if those are dirty. I will also make sure my show clothes are pressed, cleaned, and ready to go, and make sure my hats are cleaned and shaped.

    --The day before the show, I will trim whiskers around the eyes and the muzzle, and the throatlatch area. I also groom the horse up nice, so it's not as much work the next day. If my tack is really dirty, I'll at least dust it off. If I've got time the day or two before, I will oil everything up nice. I don't have a separate show and "working" saddle.

    --The morning of the show, I will wash any white stocks or stockings the horse may have. (I do not apply chalk or white paint because I put sport boots on for the gaming at the end of the day, and I don't want that getting in my boots.) I will put on hoof polish. I will brush them up really nice with Show Sheen on the coat, and Cowboy Magic on the mane and tail. I'll also apply fly spray, as I want them to be comfortable the whole day.

    --When traveling, my horses always get their legs wrapped in the trailer for protection, and some support.


    So my grooming routine before a show isn't a whole lot since I don't show at a high level, but I do like my horse to look neat and clean, and I want myself to look neat and clean too.

    Just because you only show local, doesn't mean you can't still present yourself nice.
         
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        01-18-2013, 10:20 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    All the people telling us to be "nice" we are. And if you read the first page, this member is a repeat "offender" getting kicked several times. It aint our fault some people don't take a hint.
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        01-18-2013, 10:22 AM
      #23
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by ThoroughbredJumper    
    All the people telling us to be "nice" we are. And if you read the first page, this member is a repeat "offender" getting kicked several times. It aint our fault some people don't take a hint.
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    Use the "report" button on the bottom of one of her posts and then the Admin can look into it and re-ban her.
         
        01-18-2013, 12:46 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    Beau159, your to do list is similar to ours. :)

    To be fair, my 8 page list includes subgroups of items to pack if we are stalling at the show vs. working from the trailer and 1 day vs. overnight shows. My daughter rides both western and English, so we have 3 outfit changes and 2 sets of tack to prepare. I also list out every piece of grooming equipment tht goes in the pre-show tote and during show carry bag. I'm a bit OCD when it comes to my lists because I'm paranoid I will forget something and get in trouble with the trainer LOL! Add an Eagle Scout husband who has the whole "be prepared" branded into his brain and it gets a little crazy.
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        01-18-2013, 03:07 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    HorseMom --> Me too. I am a list fanatic, because if I don't write it down, I'll forget it! Lists are my friend. For the shows you do (without outfit changes, and times for different classes) you have got to be organized to stay on time and on track!
         
        01-18-2013, 03:43 PM
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    Trained
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    Use the "report" button on the bottom of one of her posts and then the Admin can look into it and re-ban her.
    Looks like that worked
         
        01-18-2013, 03:50 PM
      #27
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    HorseMom --> Me too. I am a list fanatic, because if I don't write it down, I'll forget it! Lists are my friend. For the shows you do (without outfit changes, and times for different classes) you have got to be organized to stay on time and on track!
    So true! Our trainer actually asked me to put together an info pack and hold a training session for the other show parents. I'm known as the go to person at shows if anyone needs anything because chances are I have it and brought extras...just in case.

    We've only been showing for around two years, so we're still new to the show scene...but my family has learned a lot in those two years and love to help others. It's a lot less stressful at the shows when the entire team is organized and prepared. It allows our trainer to do her job, train the kids to do well in class, rather than run around trying to help everyone get ready.
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