show makeup... on before, or after the filly slip?

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    10-24-2011, 10:33 AM
show makeup... on before, or after the filly slip?

OK so I have a show coming up and I'm wondering, what are the pros and cons of putting makeup on with the rope halter on my girl and then putting the filly slip on, or putting makeup on after the filly slip?

I can think of a few reasons to do and not to do either...

Makeup on first, there'd be the risk of smudging it when you're putting the filly slip on, and would therefore have to remove it and re-apply with the filly slip on. To avoid this, you would put the filly slip on a naked face and then the makeup.

Filly slip on first, there'd be the risk of getting black show makeup all over my show browband (a good 1/2 hour to hour of work right there and I don't have a backup) - big disaster! She will be presented to the nines and to have no nice ribbon browband just won't work. My other browband option is too small for her AND it has silver on it... my filly slip has brass buckles. (edit; guess the risk of getting makeup on the browband would be there either way, though...)

I have a plan for the order to do everything else in but face makeup and filly slip I'm not sure. Pros and cons of both ways would be nice so I can make an informed decision.

...can you tell this is the first time I've bothered with this sort of stuff?
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    10-24-2011, 12:41 PM
I'm interested in hearing the replies to this one.

I'm totally confused because I've never put make up on my horse before.
    10-24-2011, 01:07 PM
Not sure what you're referring to as 'make up', all we use is Vaseline or another shine product around the eyes, nose and along the tear bones. I wait until the last minute to put it on as they always seem to stick their noses onto me or in the dirt.
    10-24-2011, 01:17 PM
Whether you do or don't depends on what breed you show and of course if you show or not! My girl is unregistered so she's presented as a show hack. In theory I could present her like whatever breed she looks like on the day I take her to the show, but I won't. I'll present her as a hack. Because that's what she is - an english-style performance horse - and they are always presented as hacks.

Also depends what level you show and in what discipline, of course. As a showjumper I have never used this stuff before! We don't even braid most of the time. And I don't usually pull manes or anything like that. We're judged on performance alone so presentation is just something you do at a big show to mark the occasion. Of course clean horses are essential but nobody really braids or blacks the hooves or does makeup or any of that unless it's a "big deal" show. Or they usually ride show hacks, or the show has hack classes and jumper classes, in which case they've presented for the hack class and can't be bothered changing anything for the jumper class.

Edit; DCA here in aus we use all sorts of products on our horses' faces. What I'm referring to is a product that highlights and darkens the black on/around the muzzle and eyes, and inside the ears. I'm only using a little bit on her muzzle (where she's not white) and in her ears, and if I can find a big tub of it, it's getting used on her legs too. You use it a lot more liberally on legs.

It's supposed to draw attention to the features that are best, make the eyes look bigger, and improve the shape of the face. All optical illusions but they look pretty snazzy all done up.
    10-24-2011, 01:27 PM
Ok, then I think in principle we're talking about the same kind of thing only in the Arabians we can't use anything colored, just clear to make them shine. I would wait until the very last second to apply it, they seem to LOVE to rub their faces all over your show jacket or the lightest part of your show apparel that they can find and any dust within 100 miles will immediately gravitate to where ever the make up was put.

When my horses are totally ready to go into the ring usually a groom or friend grabs the grooming bag and follows us up to the warm up pen. We do our warm up and then just before the gate is opened, we wipe down horse & boots with a rag and then apply the make up, and let down the tail just before we go into the ring.

    10-24-2011, 01:31 PM
Only this one doesn't shine and doesn't attract the dirt... that's the job of the clear highlighter (which your vaseline is for of course - shine and to highlight) that goes on top! So you can put the black on, in theory, quite a while before (it takes AGES to wear off!) and then add the clear highlighter at the last minute. The trouble with that, of course, is that then you're a thousand times more likely to end up with black smudges all over your show clothes.


Last minute it is :) knowing her she is guaranteed to rub on me just at the wrong moment anyway so why tempt fate and give her MORE time and therefore more chances?
    10-24-2011, 01:35 PM
LOL, exactly!

We also clip the eyes and face closer than the rest of the body or head. Normally I use a 10 or 15 blade to clip body and legs, then I use a 30 for most of the head and then a 40 for the muzzle, eyes and to make a diamond pattern on the face. I also use the 40 inside the ears and make a diamond on the very tip of the ear which accentuates the 'tippy' Arab ear. It actually looks good on other breeds, especially if they have nice tight, tiny ears.
    10-24-2011, 01:39 PM
I'd do that but I only have one set of clipper blades. I don't actually know what grade they are but it's a pretty close clip. Closer than my body clippers do. I did her whole body with the little trimmers. body clippers are WAY too loud, and when we sent them for sharpening, the company stuffed them up. They now clip worse than before D: will have to sharpen them for next winter (ages away yet, it's spring here) cause I'll need to clip Monty again and at least desensitise the foal, even if I'm not showing next year.

Satin has quite araby ears, actually, so it's something that I'll have to try.
    10-24-2011, 01:45 PM
I hate noisy clippers! I use the big sheep shearing ones in spring to get the winter coat off (if I allow it to grow in) and from then on I use a pair or Oster A2's for body. I have Wahl cordless for the face and then I have the tiny Wahl Pocket clippers for ears. Makes life soooo much easier.
    10-25-2011, 04:33 AM
My body clippers are Osters :\ we sent them back because we thought there was something wrong, only to be told that it was the metal cooling fan making all the noise and it was normal. And they'd sharpened our blades (REALLY badly) and stuffed them up, and WE GOT BILLED even though they were still under warranty. That's the people that import them into Australia, not Oster themselves.

I'm eyeing off those Wahl pocket trimmers! They look great. Anything to be able to get at her ears more easily. I had to trim out all the hair with scissors. The trouble is all the money I'm spending on presentation products - I can't afford extra for a new set of trimmers. Not with my coach to pay and debts to pay off and all that jazz.

I will definitely be selling my Osters when I have the time. There's a nice looking set of Shear Magic body clippers at the tack shop that's actually quite cheap. Wonder if they'd let me turn them on to see what the volume's like? No point having clippers if you can't get them anywhere near your horse, after all.

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