How to Make Your Horse Ready for Competition

When you attend a horse show, one of the most fun things to do is to make sure that your horse is looking as good as he possibly can. There is no feeling comparable to the pride that you experience when you encounter someone appreciating your horse. If you do not stay on top of things, though, getting him ready might feel like a monumental chore. This includes everything from washing and clipping to plaiting and shining his coat. However, it does not have to take a very long time if you maintain control of the care as well as trimming as a regular part of your routine. If you do this, you will only be required to do the final touches right before the show.

Care daily- If you maintain a comprehensive grooming routine daily, your horse will have a stunning appearance daily, and his coat will also require very little additional labour when it involves getting ready for an important event. When you are grooming your horse and fitting new horseshoes, pay special attention to his skin and be on the lookout for any abnormalities, such as cuts, bumps, pimples, or unusually warm places. When you are working on his back, pay attention to how he responds to the pressure; if he pulls away from it even slightly, he may have some pain or stiffness that needs to be addressed.

Before the Competition- Wash his tail the day before the show, then apply some detangler to it and let it air dry without brushing it thoroughly.  If you brush it all through right away, it will be quite tangled, and you will pull a lot of hair out in the process; but, if you wait patiently until it is dried, the brush will indeed be able to go through it much more easily. Always begin brushing at the end of the tail and slowly move up, gently pulling out any knots that you encounter along the way.

Plaiting your horse’s mane the morning before the show is all that is left to do at this point. You can either try traditional plaits or if you want to experiment with something new and exciting, you can try the continental style.

Post-competition care- Because your horse’s legs will probably have borne the majority of the strain during a show, the aftercare process focuses mostly on maintaining their health and fitness. The following are some of the most important things you can do to take care of your horses’ legs: removing the mud to avoid scrapes and sores from occurring. It is astonishing how much annoyance and discomfort they may cause. It is extremely vital to make sure that the legs are completely dried off with a towel after this activity to avoid the danger of skin injury and illness. If the terrain is rough, make sure to put icepacks on the legs quickly in order to speed up the recovery process.

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