Lynn Russell’s Top Tips for Show Preparation
The arrival of Spring brings with it fields full of dirty, hairy horses with bushy tails and long manes!
With shows looming I need to get their coats looking good. Before I start clipping I give the coat a really good brush then spray all over generously with Nettex Coat Shine and allow to dry. As I start to clip I like to spray with Nettex Hi-Shimmer Coat Spray, the results are great as the clippers glide through the coat and don’t snag the hair. The other major plus is you don’t blunt the blades as quick.
Next I hot cloth wash the horse with Nettex Lavender No-Rinse Wash. Do remember to keep wringing out your cloth in the water, the water becomes filthy and your horse becomes clean. Then I spray all over with Nettex Hi-Shimmer Coat Spray and rug up well.
Modern day rugs often have necks which tend to rub manes. To help prevent this I spray Nettex Mane & Tail Detangler daily. It makes the mane shiny and it does not tend to knot up as much. I also comb through the mane each day to prevent knots forming.
Stain washing on a daily basis will help stop the build-up of yellow stains on coloured and grey horses. It’s no good waiting to do this the day before a show as you will never remove the stains.
Stains need to be washed very regularly with Nettex Stain Remover.
Keeping tails clean with Nettex Everyday Conditioning Shampoo and spraying with Nettex Mane & Tail Detangler will help preserve the hair, as you will not need to brush the tail too often.
Attention to the horse’s coat after exercise is also essential. After the horses have been worked I give them a good rub down with Nettex Peppermint No-Rinse Wash. This pulls out the dirt without stripping the oils and refreshes the horse after his work.
Finally, with the wetness of Winter we’ve suffered with damp this year. Unfortunately it makes all the tack seem mouldy over night! The best solution is to go over it with Nettex Traditional Tack cleaner as a quick & easy wipe on wipe off tack cleaner. I then use the Traditional Tack Conditioner as this helps keep my tack looking and feeling good and both contain antibacterial agents to keep the mould at bay! My show bag I never go anywhere without Quick Tack wipes ideal for a quick and easy clean just before entering the ring to remove any dust and dirt from my tack and boots as they provide an instant shine.