Trivia Challenge: How Strong is Your Horse Grooming Game?

This month we're featuring a Guide to Grooming. Give your horse a show-ring shine, keep his coat healthy, and make your grooming routine a breeze.


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!

Trivia Time

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.)


Related Articles
Large horse in round pen lunging outdoors
Make Your Barn Comfortable for the Arthritic Horse
Red bay horse eating her feed out of a rubber pan in pasture
Do Your Homework
Understanding Supplement Ingredients
A horse with thin, elegant legs and unshod hooves walks slowly on the sand, which is illuminated by bright, warm sunlight
Be On the Lookout!
3 Warning Signs of Equine Arthritis
Cowboy roping a little cow during the cutting horse event
Prevent Performance Horse Arthritis
Do These 5 Things to Help Prevent Arthritis in Your Performance Horse
Receive news and promotions for Horse & Rider and other Equine Network offers.

"*" indicates required fields


Additional Offers

Additional Offers
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.