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    05-18-2011, 09:47 AM
Preparing horse for the show

OK. So here is the question... I know you have to wash/brush/braid the horse for the show. WHEN everyone does it and if the day before the show how would you keep the horse clean/braided overnight?
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    05-18-2011, 10:33 AM
Green Broke
I've seen alot of people use the slinky hoods.
    05-18-2011, 05:39 PM
A lot of people wash their horses the day before the show and then blanket their horse and/or pray it won't get dirty .

(I'm not an expert on showing by any means )
    05-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Either a stable blanket or a slinky and leave the horse in a clean stall overnight, or just wash/braid the day of the show. Might mean getting up a little earlier.
    05-18-2011, 05:59 PM
I bath or sponge my mare off the day before an event and put a fly sheet/mask on her then turn her out. I have some anti-stall issues, I'm not sure if I would want to turn her out in her sleazy for fear of it getting wet and being disgusting...last time I just 'risked it' and her neck was a little dirty, hardly noticed that when I saw the birdox at the top of her mane though LOL. I rinse legs off in the morning and am on my merry way.
    05-18-2011, 06:01 PM
Green Broke
I had a grey and some times a sleezy and blanket wasnt enough. Alot of the time id tie him overnight with access to a haybag and water.
    05-18-2011, 10:47 PM
Bathe the day before and stall overnight with a sheet (if weather permits, we did not put anything on the horses when it was too hot last summer). And then I like to braid the morning of the show.
    05-18-2011, 11:34 PM
Green Broke
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.
    05-19-2011, 08:23 AM
Thank you, All!

Yes, pulling the mane and clipping the head/legs definitely should be done in advance. Although I can't really clip ears on one of my mare (yes, yes, tried everything for months, still barely handles scissors ).

I was thinking about putting her in stall for the night, but my biggest concern stupid animal poops and pees ALL over the stall, mix it up evently, and then sleep on top of it fully stretched (unlike my other mare that is very clean in her compartment). So I wonder how to clean up those poopy spots on neck and head on day of show...
    05-19-2011, 08:24 AM
Originally Posted by faye    
I pull tails
Faye, how do you pull the tail? Don't you just cut it?

And one more question to everyone... How long does it take to braid? Morning definitely sounds like a better option, but I wonder what time to get up then. :)

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