This is how I groom my horse before fair or any horse show, plus some tips on how professionals do it.
First, start with a good currying to get rid of any hair and loosen up dirt.
Brush the horse thoroughly in a circular motion over the body and neck. I don’t curry the legs or head unless there is lots of mud.
Then, get out your dandy brush and go over the whole horse. Get rid of all dust and debris kicked up from the curry comb.
MANE N’ TAIL shampoo works well on all colors of horse.
QUIC SILVER shampoo works well on light colored horses especially.
GLO-BLACK –for black horses only.
Whatever soap you use, clean your horse well. Use a curry comb to scrub your horse.
EXPERTS TIP: For extra chrome on white manes and tails, rinse with white vinegar.
Be sure to rinse all soap and cleaners out, otherwise the could irritate the skin. Walk your horse in the shade until he is dry. If you walk in the sun, it will curl and ruin his nicely washed hair.
Once he’s dry, comb though his mane and tail. Use a detangler/shine product.
I don’t clip my horses, but I’m hoping to learn how soon. If you want some info on it, here is a website. How to clip a horse.
If you show in a local, 4-H, or Quarter horse show, you’ll want to band your horses mane.
First cut it about three inches long. (above)
You’ll also want to trim your horse’s tail.
EXPERTS TIP: To brighten up white socks and markings after bathing and clipping, rub some baby powder on the markings. But remember, some breed organizations forbid this. Always check the rule book. But for most organizations you can enhance, but not alter, a horse’s markings.
Right before you go into the show ring, polish your horse’s hooves.
Start from the coronary band and fill in the hoof with nice even strokes. For black hooves, use black polish, for white hooves use neutral polish. Wear old clothes! Hoof polish will not come out of expensive show clothes.
Then, spray your horse with a shine product to spiff up his clean coat.
After he’s nice and shiny, apply face highlighting gel. use black based or neutral depending on your horses color of skin. Some people use baby oil, but it drys out the hair and skin.
There, your done! Now go out and show your now groomed horse! Have fun!