Lf it's a small show, about four days out l give Thumper a bath, just so he's clean, but the oils have a chance to work their way up so his coat isn't all dull. The day before l clean all the tack and make sure l have everything ready. The shows l've done so far have started at 9:30 or 1:00, so l braid the morning of; Thumper rubs his mane and tail if you leave ANYTHlNG in them. L also usually will clean my tack one more time if l'm running ahead, groom, and then go get my jump courses so l have them ready when l need to memorize them. L also wash his white markings the day of so they don't have a chance to get dirty or covered in grass stains. He only has two socks, so l don't have to get him completely wet.