Presentation of yourself and your horse at a competition - gives you an edge, you are there and you mean business ! All of a sudden you become the competition.
Preparing for Competitions
The day before is always hectic, having to wash your horse, plait him up and do all the odds and ends, to be ready for the next day, and for me, the worst part is not getting to sleep until about 3 hours before you have to get up (from excitement).
First of all, the day before, you need to work your horse AND THEN, wash him.
I always wash the entire horse first, but I am not sure, if there is actually any particular order you should do it in. Firstly.....
Some people prefer to use shampoos with dyes in them, to highlight their horse's colour.
You will need for plaiting: a stool (or something to stand on), needle and thread; or rubber bands, a comb, a bucket and a sponge or spray bottle of water, a brush and scissors.
To rosette with rubber bands.....
To rosette with needle and thread, is exactly the same as with rubber bands, but you have to use thread
To plait the forelock.......
Final Touch ups on the day
After arriving at the competition grounds, on the morning of the competition, and after you have settled your horse, it is time to do the few final touch ups before you enter the ring (dressage area, jumping ring etc). That includes putting on hoof black, putting on make-up and quarter marks.
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