Preparing For A Show
So I am training my coming 2 year old for a horse show in the summer. I am entering her in halter and showmanship. The main reason for this is to get her use to horseshows in her upcoming riding years.
I have entered horse shows before, in the same diciplines, but with horses that were not mine, therefore, I did not fully prepare them for it.
This is what I will do to prepare her the day before the show:
-trim her whiskers
-cut her bridle path
-clean out her feet
-Braid her mane and tail
-put her in the barn for the night
The morning of the show:
-clean her feet
-take out the braids (makes her mane crimpy)
-load her and away we go
What I was wondering though, is there anything else I should be doing to get her ready, or anything I shouldn't be doing?
I might not have a stall for her to go into for the night, or a blanket to put on her, so should I just let her back out in pasture?
Please give advice on how I should prepare her for her first show. She will be 2 yrs. old when I take her to it.
Here is a picture for those of you who may want to know what she looks like:
very pretty little filly you have there.looks like she moves very well. what breed is she? as far as showing. i normally always suggest there hoofs. cleaning. painting them black. or oiling them..something to make them clean and shiny i know they have tons of stuff for sale in that department. plus a coat conditioner . its normally wiped on. makes the hair shine. good luck with showing her.
Well, when I first showed my horse - his white markings weren't that bright. So I took some baby powder and a paintbrush to put it on him. It made him literally glow! so, anywhere he has white - I recommend baby powder. I also use cowboy magic for his mane and tail. Not only does it detangle and soften is hair, but it actually makes it look cleaner. It takes some of the dirty look out and the brand new mane in. It sorta makes it shiny too - just one more miracle! lol
Mix one part baby oil with four parts water in a spray bottle and shake very well. Spray lightly over whole body (including head, if she won't let you spray her head, spray mixture onto a baby wipe and wipe over face) including mane and tail. Spray tail heavily. Leaves coat super shiny and super soft, the knots will fall out of the tail and the mane and tail will also shine. Hairspray will keep stray mane hairs in the correct place. Spray hairspray onto clean hooves for shine. I do this for my horses for shows, it is cheap and works well. Use hairspray on the day of the show but use the baby oil mixture the day before. Hope this helps.
Instead of bathing, which dulls the coat, use a shop vacuum. The horse should tolerate it if you don't tie it but rather hold the lead. The noise is what bothers them as they soon enjoy the suction. If you show wearing western garb then the horse's mane and tail must be coifed like a western pleasure horse. English attire means braids. You might like a kinky mane but it is seen as not properly presenting the horse. Think of it as a beauty pageant.
I know you are asking about physical preparation, but do you have the opportunity to visit any shows before the one in which she will be entered? Exposing her to the noise, activity, hustle & bustle, etc that comes with the show itself will be helpful in her mentally prepare rather than asking her to adjust and perform all in the same day.
good luck breezy. be great for your horse. new things is good.
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