You’ve washed your horse, clipped him, conditioned his tail, braided or banded his mane, but what are the small things that make the person’s horse that is stalling next to you look even better? Here are a few small details that can make a big difference.
Clipping: Check inside the ears – did you get all of the hair deep inside? Did you leave the tip of the ear with a tuft of hair? Go back and clip again. Also, Clip before the show so your horse doesn’t become rattled at the show and the clipping can happen in a familiar environment. Not all horses like to be clipped!
Mane preparation: Practice makes perfect when it comes to braiding and banding. So if you are producing less the quality braids or bands consider having a professional do it while you hone in your skills at home. As a tip, use a product like Quick Braid to help tame unruly hairs, and make sure you place a slinky on your horse at night you don’t want all of that work to go to waste once your horse lays down for a good nights sleep!
Good Nutrition: Sometimes you just cannot put your finger on why a horse is so much more beautiful. It probably comes down to nutrition, so before you throw out your show sheen because it isn’t creating enough shine, consider what your horse is eating and adjust his diet to create a healthy weight and beautiful natural shine. What you see on the outside comes from the inside. You cannot put a million dollar shine on a horse with just hair products.
BONUS: Gray horses…..tend to take a lot more work. They must be clean with no dirt or manure spots. Use blue shampoo to help with getting their bodies, mains and tails to be the whitest they can be. You may need to arrive extra early if you have a gray horse. Even if you have given them a bath the night before, there is a great possibility you will have to give them another bath the next morning. If there is just some small spots, there are some good spot remover products you can use to remove the dreaded green spots.
More tips to come each month! Stay tuned!