Just a quick note first, today was yet another American Competitive Trail Horse Association (ACTHA) Competitive Trail Challenge down at Mustang-Spirit Horse Rescue and once again, I was one of their obstacle judges. Today I was asked to be the soundness check judge as well. What a fantastic group of people and a terrific group of horses and riders. More than 40 horses competed in the three divisions (Junior, Pleasure and Open). Bravo to everyone who made this ride another success!!
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time around we're discussing getting ready for the big day, horse show
day, by making sure everything other than your horse is clean, prepared
and all set to be packed up.
For me, I have certain products I
use on my tack, just like I do on my horses. My mainstay is Lexol, but
Ko Cho Line, Horsemen's One Step and Oakwood are other favorites. First
I want the leather clean, and that means using a good cleaner and
really getting down into the tooling on Western saddles, for instance.
That can be a tough order, let me tell you! I use a fairly stiff
toothbrush and several soft rags, which do the job well. Then it's time
to condition the leather, leaving it soft and supple.
need to rejuvenate, darken or supple up your leather, Neatsfoot Oil is
the ticket ~ soaking will produce the best results, but you must
remember to wipe off the excess oil, then clean + condition as usual or
risk staining both your horse and your show clothes. For my Western
saddle suede seats, as well as suede chaps, I really like the KIWI
Suede & Nubuck cleaner.
Moving on, I wash my bits in an
anti-bacterial dish soap, followed by rinsing them well and both towel
and air drying fully before beginning the polishing process. For
stainless and chrome, I use English Custom Polish's products.
Expensive, but worth it. On my silver, my preference is Hagerty's
Silversmith Spray. Been using it for many years, and it's still the
best. Lightly spraying on a soft rag, wipe the silver, let it dry and
then buff it, your silver will gleam like never before.
essential is ensuring your show clothes are clean, pressed and ready to
roll. If you need to have anything dry cleaned, get them in long before
you need to be packing!! Depending on the item of clothing, I will
either hand wash in Woolite or machine wash on the "gentle" cycle, and
hang to dry. Remember, this includes your boots (which need to be
cleaned and polished ~ I use KIWI Parade Gloss) and your hats (which I
will take to the dry cleaner, too)! Investing in a good hat cleaning
sponge as well as a higher end lint roller is a must, too.
sure everything is spic and span, up to and including your horse's
blankets and other horsewear, so that you'll arrive at the big event
looking like you belong.