Show tips please? Making blue eyes stand out, whitening up mane, etc.

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    06-21-2013, 10:38 AM
Show tips please? Making blue eyes stand out, whitening up mane, etc.

Hello everyone, Iím planning on showing my Mini Horse in a halter competition next week. Itís his very first show and only my 2nd show ever. He is a chestnut and white paint with blue eyes. Around his eyes, his skin is black so it already makes his eyes look pretty nice. Is there anything I can do that will help accentuate his blue eyes? Also, part of his mane is white but itís kind of a yellowish right now. I have some purple shampoo (I canít think of the brand right now) that really gets his coat white, but will that have the same effect on his mane? Also, Iíve heard to put baby oil on horses with dark faces, what about him with his pink nose? & what am I going to do with all that mane he has now!? Hahah Basically I need all the tips you guys can give. ;)

Here are a few pics of him so you can see what Iím working with:

His eyes

When I first got him (ugh did not like the shaved mane! Lol It has grown out now though)

His mane getting into its wild stage lol. I will of course have to clean him up, bridle path, whiskers and everything clipped before the show. But those bangs! LOL

What do you guys think? Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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    06-23-2013, 04:17 AM
Green Broke
Before you start accentuating things you need to make sure that they are a desired thing in the show/breed standards.

Personaly I hate blue eyes and think them ugly, you may also get a judge that thinks the same. I wouldnt accentuate them unless the breed standard says they are an IDEAL conformation

As for your pony. I think he looked far better hogged. He seems to have lost weight and lost topline.
    06-23-2013, 05:39 AM
I'm with Faye here, although I generally like blue eyes against a colored face, some judges do not and may actually hold them against the horse. I showed a QH mare locally who had blue eyes and would be questioned about her breed often. Some judges would insist she had to be paint, a breeding stock one, and would place us lower thinking she wasn't ideal/I was trying to lie.

Yes, purple shampoo will have similar whitening effects on the mane as the body, be careful not to leave it in too long. I'm not familiar with minis but for halter classes I would think the mane would need to be tamed up out of view of the neck so the judge can see conformation better.
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    06-23-2013, 12:13 PM
Thanks for the replies. This show is very low level (county fair) & the class is literally just called "Under 56" Halter" so there shouldn't be any breed standards that come into play. That's why I want him to look a little extra flashy. Thank you for the advice in his weight as well. Right now he is kinda in between how fat he was when I got him & how thin he was in that last pic so hopefully he'll look okay. I'm trimming him today so I got a lot of work ahead if me lol
    06-23-2013, 01:36 PM
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    06-23-2013, 06:02 PM
Green Broke
See I don't think he was overweight in the first photo.
Showing is not all about looking flashy, you need a well conformed, decent weight pony with a good topline. Only then should you start thinking about "flash"
Breedstandards will always come into play. Most judges in my experiance don't like "wall" eyes so making them stand out more will make you stand out for all the WRONG reasons.
    06-23-2013, 06:25 PM
I think that could be another cultural divide thing Faye, where as we will talk about wall eye, out here there are plenty of people who like blue eyes, and if you have a paint preference judge, then they may like a nice blue eye.

If he is between those two weights then he could look good, and I thought that the roached mane was all kinds of cute to be honest.

Good luck, clean and tidy, that is the first trick, so wash and trim tidy up his ears, without clipping them full out. Big smile from you, and good luck.
    06-25-2013, 02:22 PM
Here is what he ended up looking like. He cleans up pretty well considering a few days ago he looked more like a wooly mammoth! (I got so mad at him because I had his legs sooo clean and he tried to roll and got them slightly dirty again. Uggh! Lol) But here he is:

I know some of you guys werenít exactly fans of blue eyes, but for blue eyes lovers, here are his:

Thanks for the tips guys! :)
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    06-25-2013, 02:35 PM
I love his blue eyes. You can put baby oil gel or vaseline around his eyes to highlight them just before you go in the ring. Do the same thing for his muzzle. You can give him a "hot oil" conditioning treatment the day before the show, smear a good thick conditioner all over him and cover him with a cooler and let him stand out in the sun for 20 mins. Then rinse out well. That will help tame down his mane and forelock too. Then put LOTS of Cowboy Magic or another product like that, in his mane before you go in the ring. It will keep that mane and forelock tamed down. Lots of Show Sheen or another shine spray. Cornstarch for his legs and brush out the excess with help keep those legs looking really white.
    06-25-2013, 02:53 PM
He is all sorts of cute, and I like his weight a lot better here. Looks likeyou need to invest in a ton of conditioner for his mane, he has quite the do there

What do you do with an abundance of mane when showing a mini?

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