Finish off white areas by drying with a towel and applying
coat polish spray to repel dirt.
Show Day Touch-Ups
Time to wake up bright and early. Your horse will surely have
found some dirty spots to nap in overnight, so the first step
is to go back to the wash rack for a bath. Get out the whitening
shampoo if needed.
Next up, it’s time to braid or band the mane if needed. Allow
at least one hour for this task, even if you are experienced—you
never know when that comb or hair clip will fall into the deep end of
the shavings or your horse will be tap-dancing in the cross-ties.
By now, your horse should be dry and ready for a good curry and
soft brushing, followed by a rub rag to really bring up the shine. White
areas on the body that held on to any stubborn dirt can get a quick
spray with a white equine color spray, sort of a “spray paint” designed to
be safe on horses and gentle to remove. (Double check that it’s legal in
your discipline before using.) Apply a light spritz of coat polish spray
everywhere except the saddle area to help repel dirt.
After tacking up, stand your horse on a hard surface and apply any
hoof dressing, polish or hoof black; allow it to dry before walking your
horse to the warm-up ring. Use a rag to apply baby oil to his eye area
and muzzle for a little extra eye-catching shine.
Don’t forget one last mist of fly-spray to prevent distracting tail
swishes, especially if the show is outdoors in the summer. For the face,
use a roll-on fly repellent or spray onto a rag first. On any white socks,
apply a dusting of white chalk, cornstarch or baby powder.
Now you’re ready to shine for the judge with your horse looking
Managing Editor HOLLY CACCAMISE previously worked as a professional groom at the top
levels of the three-day eventing circuit in Florida and Virginia.
A well-stocked kit is
helpful for touch-ups
between classes or
before heading to the
show ring. Here is our
list of essentials:
To flick any footing off
your horse’s legs
For your boots
your horse’s mouth
BOTTLE OF WATER
For you to drink
Braid your horse
the night before
or morning of