Horse Show Grooming Tips
Grooming for a Horse Show
Wednesday 06 October 2010
During a horse show, training is not the only important thing to concentrate. Even if your horse gives the best performance, he will be overlooked without the right horse grooming. For this reason, it is vital that you groom a horse to the best standard before the show. See the following horse groom tips to find out how to get your horse in the best condition.
• To give the horse time to fill in, you should clip it no later than a week before the horse show. Bathe the horse 2-3 days before the show so that the natural oils can work properly.
• Trim the mane and tail of the horse for the next horse groom step. The ends should be left even and smooth, but there should be enough hair left to braid. The mane should not be in the horse’s eyes, and the tail should not be any shorter than the knee joint. This can depend on the type of horse show though.
• Groom a horse at the hooves too before the show. A farrier should take care of trimming and reshod. Use a hoof polish to clean the hooves up. Black polish should be used for black hooves, and clear for others.
• On the day of the show, add shine to the tail and mane with a light layer of baby oil. Do not use too much though or your horse grooming could make it appear greasy.
• The last horse groom steps just before the horse show include adding braids, clipping whiskers and applying sheen to the coat.
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