How to Groom a Miniature Horse for Show

Two Methods:Show DayLast Minute

The art of grooming a miniature horse for a show begins a long time before show day. Putting in the work ahead of time will guarantee that he's looking 120% when the competition rolls around. And let's not forget last minute pointers!

Steps

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    PRIOR TO SHOW:
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    Ensure MONTHS before show season begins, your horse is well fed.
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    Clip your horse fully prior to the show. Depending on the length of coat and colour you want to achieve will determine when to clip - Usually people may clip about 3wks prior to show day.
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    To achieve a nice, shiny coat, ensure your horse is covered with quality rugs straight after you clip him. When the horse is moving around in his stall or pasture, the rugs should be always massaging the coat, creating a nice shine. Use one thick, soft cotton under rug, a heavy winter rug and a canvas to protect the other covers as a rule of thumb. Also, wrap the tail and put the tail in a tail bag.
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    Try to spray your horse with a watered-down iodine solution at least three times per week. This heavily reduces any kind of yucky spots appearing.
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    Spray show sheen everyday. Be careful not to overdo it as it will dry out the coat. Use a human leave-in conditioner in the horse's mane and tail everyday.
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    Try to, as much as possible, rub the horse down with a soft rag to promote the natural oils.
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    Wash the day before show day. NEVER on the morning of the show! It gives time for the natural oils to come through.
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    Sand the hooves to get the dirt and other yucky bits off - be careful not to sand down too much.
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    Hair around the face has probably grown back a little bit, so trim/shave the unwanted hair (This also makes it easier to apply make up)

Method 1
Show Day

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    On the morning of the show day, check the horse is clean. Wash down his legs if necessary.
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    You may need to do a last minute tidy-up around his muzzle and eyes - if so, shave or closely clip the hair away.

Method 2
Last Minute

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    Brush out his tail and mane with a soft brush - spray with a detangler.
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    Put a tail bandage on 30min prior to show start.
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    Rub the horse over and over with a clean micro-fibre cloth using show sheen as well.
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    Any dirt marks should be wiped off with a baby wipe.
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    Use baby wipes around his eyes, mouth and between his back legs!
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    For happy horses, use a CLEAR make up around their face. For horses that can have black make up, firstly use black chalk around the top of the eye and around the muzzle. Blend in with a sponge that has got baby oil on it. Repeat a few times. Next, use a matte black make up and finish off with a glossy black make up. Blend in.
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    On black points, highlight using some black chalk (Don't use baby oil here)
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    On the bridle path (if it is black), enhance it with chalk.
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    On the socks, use whitener or baby powder.
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    Pick horse's hooves out.
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    Put either clear or black hoof polish on and finish off with (ideally) Ultra Hoof Polish Enhancer. Allow to dry for a few minutes, than repeat again.
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    Put a nice, clean show halter on.
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    Gel the horses forelock with A LOT of hair gel and a small amount in the mane and tail (take the tail bandage off now)
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    Spray hold spray onto the top of the mane and tail.
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    Just before going into the ring, spray a generous amount of Ultra Final Touch all over the horses body (Apply with a clean rag for the face). Rub over with a soft, clean body mitt.

Tips

  • Practice putting black make up on your horse!

Article Info

Categories: Horse Grooming