Follow these steps to get your
horse looking dazzling by the
time you step into the show ring.
IF YOU PLAN TO COMPETE,
you’ll want your horse at
his cleanest and shiniest.
It’s a sign of respect to
the judge that you’ve taken
the time to groom and prepare
your horse. When planning your
show prep timeline, it helps to know
your horse: Is he a mud magnet that
won’t stay clean overnight? Also be
realistic about your grooming skills.
An experienced braider can whip out
ONE MONTH OUT
a mane full of neat, tidy braids in 30
minutes on show day, while a newbie
should allow more time.
Start getting your horse’s mane and tail in show
shape. Pull or shorten the mane and thoroughly clean,
condition and detangle the tail. Practice braiding and
banding if your skills are rusty or you’re still learning.
ONE WEEK OUT
Do a deep-cleaning spa day, including a full shampoo,
conditioning and whitening if needed. You’ll bathe again
before the show, but this “pre-bath” should make the
Clip your horse’s legs, face and ears so that any
mistakes have a little time to grow out. C L I X
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