Horse Show Must Haves
In this video I take you behind the scenes of the 4-H county fair horse show to share with you a few of the products I use to keep my horses looking and feeling great.
Pepi spray is awesome because it smells great, has tons of shine, and unlike spray bottles, the aerosol spray has more even application. There are no wet spots or drips.
Hoof polish is something I only use on show horses because overuse can dry out their hooves. If they have white hooves like Elvis or striped hooves as part of their breed characteristics, you should be using clear, otherwise use solid black.
White touch up paint is exactly what it sounds like, a can of washable spray paint to cover up any spots you may have missed in bathing or last minute green or dirt stains your horse managed to acquire. After I apply the paint to an area, I will go over it a few times with a stiff brush to help it blend in. The paint can look chalky otherwise.
It is no secret that I absolutely love Cowboy Magic detangler and shine. Just a quarter-sized drop is all you need for a thick mane or tail. It shines, it detangles, it is… well… magic!
Last but perhaps the most important is what I do to help my horses feel good before, during, and after a show. It doesn’t matter how fluffy and long their tail is or how perfectly shaved their muzzle is, if they don’t feel great, they won’t perform great.
Ever since Stryker’s injury, I have been very conscientious of preventative care and body strain in performance horses. Liniments are a great, non-intrusive, no side effect way to keep their muscles healthy. It relieves pain, swelling, and stiffness and can be used on any muscle group. I’ve been using Draw It Out liniment on all my horses. It is the official liniment of the Josey Ranch which I thought spoke volumes to the quality of the product.
I have even been using Draw It Out as part of Stryker’s rehab. Because he is on stall rest, his muscles can get tight and even swell slightly. This product has helped to keep him comfortable and supple while he recovers.
Regardless of riding discipline you compete in, I am now a firm believer in the preventative power of liniments. To learn more about Draw It Out Liniments, visit their website: DrawLiniment.com
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