08-24-2010, 11:28 PM
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Sorry for the late reply....But hopefully it still helps! Have you had the show yet?
At a hunter schooling show in the Kitchener area, half the people braid and the other half don't. For ones at my barn, I don't because I find its expensive to pay someone else to do it for me, and I'm a cheapo! I have never gotten a crappy place because of not braiding either. I bath and clean tack the day before. I try to get out to the barn before all the kids do so that I can get warm water! Or take a kettle with you and boil some. (I work shift work, so if I can't make it to the barn the day before, I will bath whoever I am showing earlier in the week and then get to the barn early for spot cleaning and a quick tack clean...or another kid is showing him as well and let them bath him!) I wake up early in the morning to shower so that my hair is easier to braid and contain. You wont get as many frizzies this way. Get to the barn and brush. Dampen socks and put on baby powder and rub it in a bit with your hand. Do you go to Greenhawk or Bahrs in TO? They would have something like Rainmakers hoof stuff, and it puts a nice shine on the hoof, but if you ask a salesperson, they can give you better advice most likely. Go to the dollar store and buy bar towels and they can be used for last minute touch ups on you and the horse, as well as hot toweling in the winter...the best part, when they are done....you can throw them out and they are a cheap replacement!