When it comes to eventing, horse and rider presentation is an important part of competition success. We’ve compiled an eventing timeline with some grooming tips for both you and your horse to ensure you look your best.
A couple of days before competing
Rider Complete a checklist of all equipment. Ensure your transportation to the event is organised. Pick up anything that either you or your horse will need. Also a good time to clean your dress boots and ensure your eventing wear is in peak condition.
Avoid the last minute rush by clipping and mane pulling a few days in advance. Take the opportunity to clean and lubricate your horse clippers at this point. You will thank yourself later. Ensure all your horse laundry is cleaned. Don’t forget show pads, standing wraps, stable sheets and schooling polos.
Day before competition
Rider Have your groomer’s kit ready and all your clothing pressed ready to go. A spare set of show clothes will alleviate any issues should something happen to your first set.
Horse Wash your horse the day before. Ensure you use a horse shampoo that doesn’t strip away too many of the essential oils in the horse’s coat. Condition the tail to minimise knots and tangles. Remember to not apply conditioner to the saddle area. It can get a little slippery when competing. Scrub and polish all tack and your horse’s jumper boots. Now is a great time to use a whitening shampoo on white socks or other white sections on your horse. Standing wraps will prevent socks getting dirty at the last minute.
It’s competition day
Ensure you are all dressed ready to go. Shirts tucked in, hair up in regulation form.
So much to do… mane braiding, a final polish with a polishing mitt to take off any final dust and dirt, getting all tack ready and on the horse. A final wipe down before entering the ring will put you both in fine form.
Best of luck competing
Hopefully, any of the pre checklist items have helped you get to the starting line cool, calm and collected.
Searching high and low we have sourced some great tips for right up to the competition. You may already have been doing these or perhaps something new for you to try.
Fly spray before entering the competition. No one likes to be bugged by bugs
Use baby wipes to clean off any foam, dirt, grass or dust
A spray of hoof dressing to polish of your horse at the very last minute
Cream rinse conditioners can make manes too slick to braid.
Do a full body clip no later than two weeks before an event
A stretchy Lycra hood will keep braids neat and intact overnight. A timesaver if you are competing first thing in the morning
Always have a few rolls of electric tape for emergency last minute adjustments to tack and clothing
Let’s take a quick tour through a Grooming box while we are on the subject. Comb and brush choice comes down to your individual preference. There are brand new developments and variations on brushes all the time. Trial and error will see you updating your grooming box to keep it working for you 100% all the time.
Most grooming boxes contain:
Mane and Tail Comb
Sweat or Water Scraper
Gaining popularity are portable vacuum’s that pull dust from the coat. They’re a great piece of equipment for that last minute touch up pre-competition.
So next time you are competing stay ahead of the race (pardon the mixed metaphor!) and make sure you are organized and on schedule. A few of these steps done pre-competition will ensure that you are relaxed, focused and enjoying the event.
After all, we want you and your horse to look your best.
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