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Appaloosa 4-H grooming?
I live in Washington, and I was wondering if anyone knows the 4-H grooming standards for Appaloosas?
I know they need to have clear hoof polish. But does their mane need to be left natural/ long or should be banded? Any other grooming standards I should know about?
Usually people band for breed shows and braid as well, I'm not sure for 4-H though...
Do you have friends that are doing 4-h also?
I would suggest you do what all the other people with stock horse type horses are doing.
Band or braid most likely.
In all honesty..for 4-H it doesn't matter unless your club is super strict about it..but here we do anything to any breed. The only thing we are careful of is hoof polish color on colored breeds.
For 4-H they don't really care. Gaited horses and Saddlebreds are left with natural manes and tails. Stock horses have pulled manes, which are banded. Some people do a running braid if their breed usually has pulled manes but they want to leave them natural.
A lot of people in 4-H just shave the bridle path and leave it as is.
Gosh, in my part of the world the kids take 4-h very seriously. Even the kids with free ponies do their best to spiff up their mount like this was the most important show day ever.
Why call it just 4-h?
It is a great time to learn how to do things like band and braid and get the experience so you can do it yourself.
OP, Appies are generally prepped the same as QH's or Paints; pulled and banded mane, ear-length bridle path, clipped muzzle if you want, clipped fetlocks and coronary bands. A spritz of coat polish and little baby oil on the muzzle and around the eyes (careful applying it) adds a little "extra".
I'm not saying that's all I do..
I take it to the extremes [excluding banding] I gelled, washed, wiped, brushed, shined, sprayed, dusted, etc anything I could possiby think of.
It's not required, though.
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