How to Groom an Arabian Horse for Show
Wednesday 23 December 2009
Showing your horse is great fun, part of the excitement is being able to show your horse looking his best. You will undoubtedly spend hours grooming and caring for your horse so shows are also your time to shine, when other people can appreciate the hard work you put into your horse. After training your horse to a high enough standard to show you do not want to detract from his talent by doing a poor job of grooming. When grooming an Arabian for show you must highlight all of his best features, even a plain looking horse will look beautiful when groomed wonderfully.
Horse Grooming Tools:
• Horse clippers with number ten and number forty blades.
• Shampoo and conditioner.
• Body brushes.
• Rubber curry comb.
• Soft cloth or towel.
• Shoe polish.
• Baby oil gel.
Horse Grooming - Grooming Arabians for Show
• Use horse clippers on a number ten blade to cut the horse’s face against the direction of hair.
• When cutting the outside edges of the ears leave a diamond of long hair at the top.
• Using the number forty blade on the horse clippers cut round the muzzle, cut around the eyes but make sure you do not clip the eyelashes. Cut the bridle path and a couple of inches of hair inside the ear; be careful not to cut too much hair from the inside of the ears though as you will remove the horse’s natural defences against insects.
• Use the number ten blade to shorten the hair from the coronet band to the base of the fetlock joint. Then remove the fetlocks.
• Use sandpaper to make the hooves smooth. Also make sure your farrier has filed the hooves recently so they are neat and level.
• Wash your horse; this will need to be done thoroughly as horses collect a lot of dirt.
• Condition the mane and tail.
• Dry off your horse with a towel and curry him like you would at home in circular movements to remove the dirt and increase circulation.
• Use a dandy brush to remove with a flicking motion the remaining dirt.
• Brush the mane and tail. Plait if necessary.
• Spray your horse with a body shine to make its coat glimmer.
• Polish your horse’s hooves, once try you can wipe them over with a paper towel.
• Apply some highlighter to the face, ears and under the tail.
• Wipe your horse over one last time with a layer of polish and he is ready to stun the judges.
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