This article is part of our Guide to Grooming Awareness Campaign, brought to you by ShowSheen.
How much do you know about grooming your horse to get that show-ring shine? Try your hand at our trivia challenge, and find the answers at the bottom!
1. True or false: For best stain removal on a white mane or tail, provide a final rinse of household white vinegar.
T / F
2. Which of these removes excess moisture from your horse’s coat?
A) Sweat Scraper
B) Curry Comb
C) Bristle Brush
3. Which of these can become a nifty leg-cleaner?
A) a steel wool pad
B) a plastic dish brush
C) a metal curry comb
4. For the very best show-ring super-shine, your horse needs
A) thorough grooming, bathing right before the show.
B) proper nutrition that nourishes hooves and haircoat.
C) regular, vigorous grooming on a schedule well before the event.
D) all of the above, of course!
HOW’D YOU DO? (Answers below.)
1. F is correct. For extra cleaning, you want to apply the vinegar before you wash, not after. A pre-rinse with straight vinegar helps loosen dirt and stains, allowing shampoo to work more effectively. Good to know! (Learn more about caring for your horse’s white markings.)
2. A is correct. A sweat scraper removes excess moisture from your horse’s coat. This tool can be very handy after a bath to remove water, prevent heat build-up, and allow your horse to dry quicker.
3. B is correct. Steel wool and metal curries are definitely out (too abrasive), but one of those handy dish brushes with the attached soap dispenser can be way, way in. Simply pour whitening shampoo in the soap compartment for an easy way to scrub out stains and make the white gleam. (See for yourself how to use a plastic dish brush to clean your horse’s legs.)
4. D is correct, but you knew that! Good nutrition, maintenance grooming, pre-show preparation–all are needed for a terrific haircoat. (Find lots more about grooming your horse for the show pen.)