THE DAY BEFORE
A bath the day before the show
will get your horse deep-down
clean. Use a stable sheet to keep
him clean overnight.
Do as much as possible ahead
of time so that on show day you
can just touch up your horse’s
grooming and be ready to go.
If your horse wears
hoof polish for your
show circuit, make sure
it has plenty of time
to dry before heading
through dusty footing
to get to the ring.
Once your horse is
tacked, apply final
touches before you
get on to warm up.
THE DAY BEFORE
Bathing and braiding the day before helps take
some of the pressure o; when you have a very
For stabled horses, a stretchy hood and
stable sheet help keep everything clean
overnight. Touch up clipping as needed.
ON SHOW DAY
FIVE HOURS: If your classes are later in the
day, time is on your side. You may decide to
braid or band in the morning, and can bathe
your horse again if he needs it.
TWO HOURS: If you have early classes,
do as much ahead of time as possible so that
on show day, you only have to touch up your
horse’s grooming and go. Spot-cleaning
shampoo and whitening products can help
lift last-minute stains when you don’t have
time to go to the wash rack.
ONE HOUR: If hoof polish is part of the
grooming standard for your breed or show
circuit, apply it with plenty of time to dry. Do
this in the aisle or over cardboard to prevent
shavings from sticking to the polish before it
30 MINUTES: Last-minute finishing touches
might include a quick wipe of baby oil or face
highlighter around the eyes, nostrils and lips,
plus a dusting of baby powder or chalk on white
stockings. On hot, buggy days, an extra mist of
fly spray is a good idea.
RINGSIDE: Useful items for a ringside kit
include a rag for your horse’s face, a soft brush,
tail brush, fly spray and hoof oil. Don’t forget a
bottle of water for yourself.
Before going in the ring, wipe any green
slobber from horse’s nose and mouth, give his
coat a once-over and dust o; your boots. Apply
hoof oil for the perfect finishing touch. Your
preparation will help you shine for the judges
in the show ring! HI