This week’s tips are designed to help you get your horse or pony looking their best for a show/competition/photo shoot etc. These are just a select few tips (as I’m sure many people have many more) but I hope it is useful just the same! Any products that I recommend, will have a link to a website or Facebook page below the post 🙂
Firstly, make sure you use a good shampoo to bath your horse with! I have used, or seen the results of, brands such as Hydrophane Bloom Shampoo, Cowboy Magic Shine In Shampoo and Roberts and Anderson Equestrian’s Whitening Shampoo! Regardless of whether your horse is white/grey at all, all of these products leave your horses coats looking brighter and dust free (and if they are grey, those poo stains that make your horse ‘poobald’ will most be gone with a couple washes with these shampoos)! I’d also recommend useing a brush of some sort, whether that be a rubber curry comb type brush, or one with a sponge in the middle, that is designed for washing your horses, it’ll save your hands and can get into those tough spots much better than just using your hands would 🙂 However, if you want to plait your horse, I’d recommend NOT washing the main or tail as having some grease will make it easier to plait!
Once washed and dry, using a mane and tail detangler will not only remove any knots or tangles, it’ll also help prevent dust from getting back in. Recommended products include, ShowSheen Hair Polish and Detangler by Absorbine, Carr & Day & Martin’s Mane and Tail Detangler and Roberts and Anderson Equestrian Mane and Tail Detangler!
To keep your horse as clean as possible once you’ve washed them, use a snuggy hood (or equivalent) and a fly rug (if warm) or fleece (if cold and staying inside) or turnout rug (if cold and getting turned out) to prevent any unnecessary dirt getting back on them!
Make sure as well, to use a good quality tack cleaner and leather condition to keep your horses tack looking nice and shiny (these are also great for cleaning your boots as well!).
And lastly, give yourself enough time. There is nothing worse than feeling rushed and not doing as good a job as you know you can do because you haven’t given yourself a decent amount of time. When washing a horse, I always aim to do it as quickly as possible but will give myself at least an hour to do a proper job!
Here is a list of links to the products that I mentioned above 🙂
- Hydrophane Bloom Shampoo – https://www.viovet.co.uk/Hydrophane_Bloom_Shampoo/c8753/
- Cowboy Magic Shine In Yellow Out Shampoo – http://cowboymagic.com/products/cowboy-magic-shine-in-yellowout/
- Roberts and Anderson Equestrian – https://www.roberts-anderson.co.uk/shop/
- Absorbine Showsheen Hair Polish and Detangler – http://absorbine.com/products/grooming/showsheen-hair-polish-detangler/
- Carr & Day & Martin Tack Cleaner – http://www.carrdaymartin.co.uk/product/belvoirstep-1-cleaner/
- Carr & Day & Martin Leather Balsam – http://www.carrdaymartin.co.uk/product/belvoirleather-balsam/
- Carr & Day & Martin Mane and Tail Detangler – http://www.carrdaymartin.co.uk/product/cantermane-tail/
- Snuggy Hoods (the sweet itch ones are particularly good!) – http://www.snuggyhoods.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwtdbLBRALEiwAm8pA5TvlQNeDaAETAof_j53iqo0Mc1X_p_IJfkrjl4x9t54V7mW4LhvvCxoC7IAQAvD_BwE