Grooming Tips from Charlotte Dujardin, Jayne Ross and Jo Bates
On the approach to yet another busy showing season we look at grooming kit essentials and advice on how to achieve top turnout at shows. Absorbine, along with their sponsored riders Charlotte Dujardin, Jayne Ross and Jo Bates stop in to give us a helping hand.
Grooming for top turnout out shows – Whichever discipline you are competing in, stunning turnout is always important. There are many, many things you can do to ensure both you and your horse look your best when out competing.
Don’t wait until the day before the show to start organising your turnout. Ensure that you have pulled your horses’ mane and tail if applicable and carry out any pre show trimming several days before the show. This will save a huge amount of time on the day prior to the show. Also don’t forget your own turnout, check your show riding gear is clean and ready to go.
Bathing your horse
Give your horse a thorough bath the day before a show and take care to make sure the mane and tail are clean. Ensure that you give your horse a good rub with a towel to help dry him and keep him warm after his bath.
Absorbine sponsored rider and top show producer, Jayne Ross, says “I use ShowSheen 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner on all my horses. If the greys and colours have any stable stains the ShowSheen Stain Remover and Whitener is a great pre-treatment. Then spray with ShowSheen Original Hair Polish and Detangler to stop the dust and bedding sticking to the coat and tail.”
Try and leave five days or so in between the farrier visiting and taking the horse to a show.
Absorbine sponsored, Charlotte Dujardin says, “It is always important to take your horse to a show with his feet looking at their best. Depending on which discipline you are competing in, dress your horse’s hooves with a good quality hoof oil or hoof polish. If you are using hoof polish never paint pale hooves with black product, we use Absorbine SuperShine in Clear on the horses. It dries really quickly and is easy to apply”.
Top show producer Jo Bates has some top tips to perfect your quarter marks. She explains, “We apply quarter marks using ShowSheen Original, a Mitt, a metal mane comb and a body brush. Spray the whole hind quarters with ShowSheen, get a good covering and wipe down with the mitt. Using the metal comb, starting from the top of the quarters down to the point of the hip, do three parallel stripes. Then use the body brush for the shark’s teeth. Starting at the centre of the hair whirl, bring the bush up and round towards the rear of the horse, then make a second stoke in a more downward direction. Repeat, moving down the quarters. Four or five “sharks teeth” are appropriate dependent on the size of the horse. Don’t use ShowSheen® on the saddle area as it will make it slippery!”
Absorbine ShowSheen Original Hair Polish & Detangler produces the finest show-ring shine. ShowSheen is enriched with Pro-Vitamins and Silk Proteins to nourish the coat. It makes coats smooth and sleek, and it accentuates body tone and definition. RRP £16.06
Absorbine SuperShine® Hoof Polish
Absorbine SuperShine® Hoof Polish gives hooves a magnificent mirror-like finish. Its quick-drying formula helps prevent dirt and dust from settling on the show-winning shine of the horse’s hooves. It seals out excess moisture to harden soft hooves, but will not harm feet as the product does not penetrate beyond the surface of the hoof wall. Available in Clear or Black. RRP £13.00
Absorbine Stain Remover and Whitener
Absorbine Stain Remover and Whitener contains Oxi-Erasers to lift out stains, simply sprays on and rinses off. For the toughest stains it works as a powerful pre-treatment spray. It is colour safe and does not contain any bleach. RRP £9.97
Absorbine ShowSheen 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner
Absorbine ShowSheen 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner contains Pro-Vitamins to help nourish the skin and strengthen hair. It deep cleans and conditions in one step to leave hair soft, strong and manageable without stripping natural oils. ShowSheen 2 in 1 Shampoo also revitalizes and brightens the coat and comes in a bottle with a safety lid to prevent any spillages. RRP £9.97