As we all know since spring is here horse shows are popping up all over the place. I have my first horse trial in a few weeks and would like to know what y'all do to get that perfect shine on the coat for any show y'all have been to! :) So bring out all of the show secrets! :lol:
I've tried allll sorts of things! But I've found that just lottts of grooming is the best, especially if they've lost most of their winter fuzzies. I also use shine spray, though I can't remember what kind. I've heard that some think it creates a fake shine, but if my girl is already sleek and shiny, I find that using shine spray doesn't mask that, just enhances it :)
It also keeps them cleaner if you don't blanket or put a sheet on them (the spray, that is).,
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Try Wahna Win complete coat care spray and Pepi World Champion coat conditioner.
In addition to a good diet and lots of currying, those two products really enhance shine instead of slicking it on.
This is just Lily with no conditioner, just the Wahna Win and a quick groom-over. I use it religiously.
Showsheen works best, and the ONLY time I use it, right after you bathe the horse. When your horse is still wet, apply it to the coat and smooth it into the fur with the palm of your hand. Of course, avoid the saddle area, it will cause slippage. Don't let the horse dry in the sun, it will make the coat a bit wavy. This really gives a "show horse" gleam when dry and then you polish the horse with a soft towel. Good luck!
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Use baby powder on their white markings, after cleaning them with cowboy magic. Cowboy Magic is literally Magic.
I usually give them a bath, then after their bath I only use the soft brush on them - that way no more unexpected dirt comes out of the coat before show, haha!!
If you use cowboy magic on their mane and tail, it really works too.
When I did showing I used to use Healthy Haircare coat Moisturizer. I used it on a regular basis though, almost daily. It doesnt make your tack slip which is really nice about it.
I also fed my gelding BOSS to naturally keep his coat healthy =)
I curry, curry, curry and only bathe a few days before the show - that way their natural oils recover and they are super shiny for the show. Also, ShowSheen :)
Here are some show preparation tips. Learn more on how to prepare for a horse show and view a checklist of items you will want to bring to the show on my blog. http://www.blogger.com/hoofprintsonmyheart.com Hope this helps! :-)
You will want to wash your hose’s body, mane and tail twice and be sure to scrub any white socks until they are spotless. Be thorough when clipping and banding and cover your hose so he/she stays clean all night.
Make the day before the show less stressful by having all of your supplies on hand. You should have a couple buckets on had, a hose, some sponges and a curry comb. Use a sweat scraper to help your horse dry faster and you will also want to have a mane and tail comb handy. It is also a good idea to have a clean, dry halter and lead rope on hand for after the bath when your horse is dry and clean.
You will need a good horse shampoo and conditioner. A gentle moisturizing horse shampoo will lift away dirt easily. Shampoo & Conditioner deep cleans and revitalizes hair in one step. Color Enhancing Shampoo intensifies natural colors within the coat while leaving it soft, smooth and shiny. Whitening Shampoo should be used if you horse is light colored or has white markings or socks. No Rinse Shampoo and Spot Removers will be handy if your horse gets dirty before the show. Use a Sheath & Udder Cleaner for those sensitive underneath areas so that every inch of your hose is dirt free. Conditioner especially designed for horses will moisturize your horse’s coat while leaving it smooth to the touch. Detangler strengthens and moisturizes manes and tails to help keep hair healthy and tangle-free.
After your horse is clean, it is time to clip. Start on the muzzle and use clippers to remove the large whiskers and then use a horse razor to get every last whisker. Be sure to clip under the chin and jaw as well. Clip the whiskers above the horse’s eye, but be sure not to trim the eyelashes. Trim the horse’s ears so that they look smooth and pointed. Remove ear hair that sticks out and looks unsightly, but the inner ear hair should be left to help deter bugs. The bridle path should be trimmed from the poll towards the withers about 4 – 6 inches long. You will need to trim around the horse’s coronet band so that when you apply hoof polish, there is no hair in the way. Also clip the long hairs on the fetlock. Some horses grow long hair on the back of their cannon bone that should be trimmed as well. If you want your horse’s hair to be very short, cut against the natural direction of the hair. If you want the horse’s hair to blend in nicely with the surrounding hair, cut with the direction of the hair.
Finally, it is time to perfect your horse’s mane and tail. If you have a pleasure-type hose, such as an Arab or Morgan, you will want to leave the mane long and natural. If you have a stock-type horse, like a Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred, the mane should be about 4 inches long and banded for the show ring. Banding can be time consuming. Using a light coat of Quic Braid will help you get the perfect grip for your fingers, neater braids and less stray hairs. Getting your horses tail ready is easier. Just brush it out, braid it from the bottom of the tail dock down and stuff it into a tail bag.
Braiding/banding rubber bands
Mane & tail brush
Yarn, ribbon, comb, hook and scissors for braiding
Spot remover and/or whitening products
Water in a spray bottle
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