Grays, paints, whites, buckskins, palominos – they catch your eye in the ring with their flashy coats. But everyone who owns or cares for one of these horses knows that keeping their coats so beautiful is a tall task. Here are 5 tips to help keep your light-colored horse ready to hit the show ring this summer!
Keep Your Stall Tidy
In the lead up to the show, make sure you clean your horse’s stall frequently – it’s a lot harder for your horse to get dirty if there is nothing for him to roll in. It’s also much easier to spot wash a couple small places on him than to greet him on show morning, and he looks like he just rolled out of a bog. Have extra shavings on hand to pad his stall as well.
Know Your Shampoos
When bathing, use a purple shampoo to make his light areas really gleam. If you need some extra whitening power, try OxyClean laundry detergent -this is especially helpful for dirty or yellowed tails! Be careful to read the instructions and wear gloves if needed – you don’t want to show up to the show with purple hands from your shampoo!
Once you have bathred your horse and his coat looks immaculate, consider dressing him in a sheet and/or lycra sleazy overnight. You can also keep his tail looking great by using a tail wrap or by keeping it in a tail bag.
Get Rid of Those Stains
Light horses tend to attract stains. From manure to grass, these can stand out even after a good bath. You can use spray on green spot removers or waterless shampoo to remove those tough stains from your horse’s coat.
Last Minute Tips
For any last-minute touch ups, try a product like Shapley’s Show Touch Up spray, which is available in all coat colors.