Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
I actualy start about 2 weeks before a show.
2 weeks before I clip legs and do a general tidy up, I pull tails and make a start on pulling manes.
Then every other day I was his hocks and knees and any other stains (he is a patchy pony with white hocks). I put neoprene hock boots on in the field to prevent him restaining his hocks.
Day before the show I clip ears, wiskers, any stray hairs that I may have missed. I Give him a full body bath and smother his tail in detangler, then I comb it out.
I then put a full body lycra rug on him, a full neck fleece and a lightweight full neck turnout rug to prevent any overnight staining.
I then mix up chalk and water into a paste, sponge it onto his legs and bandage his legs (using gamgee pads so that they can be left on overnight).
Final job the night before is when the tail is completly dry I loose ly braid it, put a tail bag on and a tail bandage to keep it clean.
The morning of the show I strip off rugs and bandages, spot wash any stable stains he may have gotten overnight (he will always get a few), then I plait him up.
Put rugs back on (minus the turnout) and then travel to the show.
I don't normaly plait the night before because the plaits can be rubbed overnight and they never look as good as freshly done plaits.
If I have to plait the night before (and I have done it when I have a 2am start and an 8am class) then I use setting lotion when plaiting and I put a lycra hood over the top.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT