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    08-28-2012, 07:09 AM
Show Presentation...HELP!

I show my appaloosa gelding Magnum quite regularly, but we don't do royals or anything, just for 'fun'. I used to use rubber bands for my plaits and would just wash him with a general shampoo.
Now I would like to look more professional, does anyone have any tips for show presentation? (English showing)
Thanks in advance!
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    08-28-2012, 07:45 AM
Sew in plaits, a fine sheepskin numnah, a well fitting jacket, a nice velvet helmet, nice CLEAN horse, hair all pulled back under your helmet with no wispy bits...

I could go on for days!
    08-28-2012, 07:49 AM
Please do, I recently got a new jacket, and because he has a white blanket I have a black numnah, I have a black, more suede than velvet I think, dublin helmet, not one of those show ones though. How do you sew in plaits? And how can I make Magnum look his best?
    08-28-2012, 07:58 AM
Sound like your off to a flying start!

Vasaline or baby oil around his eyes and muzzle (or you can get horse makeup) to highlight his best features and I use HEAPS of baby oil in their tail but you have to be careful as it attracts dirt :P Blackened hooves look nice (or even oiled) With a coat of hair spray to shine!

Heres a video on how to sew in plaits :)

    08-28-2012, 08:05 AM
Thanks! How would the baby oil/face makeup be applied correctly, i've seen it on but never seen it getting put on before, can you tell me how to do it?
That video is excellent! I normally do rosettes that sit on top of his neck, should I do the plaits laying against his neck instead? If I do that will I have to do a different number of them, normally have about 17 plaits, he has a thin mane, being an appy and all.
    08-28-2012, 08:20 AM
Heres a video :)

Its all good! Number and size of plaits depends on the horses neck. If the horse thas a thin neck, less plaits and bulky plaits make the neck appear thicker and if the neck is thick, Smaller and more plaits :) I like to do them laying on the side of the neck as I have seen most do :)
    08-28-2012, 08:25 AM
Ok, thankyou so much! I have never done plaits laying against the neck before so will have to practice before the show!
    08-28-2012, 08:29 AM
Its all good :)

And practice makes perfect!
    08-28-2012, 09:41 AM
Thanks PintoTess for all your help. I'll post how well we go on the weekend with plaiting practice!
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    08-29-2012, 07:21 AM
Originally Posted by PintoTess    
Heres a video :)

Applying Make-Up To Your Horse's Face | - YouTube

Its all good! Number and size of plaits depends on the horses neck. If the horse thas a thin neck, less plaits and bulky plaits make the neck appear thicker and if the neck is thick, Smaller and more plaits :) I like to do them laying on the side of the neck as I have seen most do :)
well said pt!

Also note the length of your horses neck. If your horse has a long neck do bigger plaits otherwise smaller ones will make him look like a giraffe. Same in reverse, don't do big plaits on a short neck as it will make his neck look really stubby! :) also some gel or pro plaits 'hairspray for manes and tails' work well if you put it in while your plaiting and after your done. This will help keep the hair neat and tidy. Just like your own hair.

If you have a skinny hood , they help sit the plaits down and keep them tidy over night.

If your horse has white socks or face markings, baby powder or white grooming chalk will brighten them up.

For your hooves, if your horse is a native breed I would just get some clear hoof shine but if not ,black looks really good :)

Shine spray works wonders in tails and on the body. Just be careful not to get it anywhere near the girth as it is slippery stuff! :) baby oil does a good job too but attracts heaps of dirt. If you have a white or light coloured tail I wouldn't use baby oil.

Also another tip is too get one of them dust mit things from the super market and wipe your horse over with it before entering the ring. Reaaaaaalllllyyy shines them up and removes dirt.

You should be able to get most of this stuff from the local saddlery.

Lol, these are some of my tips and tricks, if you think of anything, feel free to ask me any questions.

Happy grooming!
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