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Show Day Shine!

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  • Show Day Shine!

    I have a grey Arab who is going to his first show next weekend. He is generally pretty white in color, but he is still young so he has a fair amount of dapples. I need the best purple shampoo brand to get him blindingly white! I am somewhat terrified I might dye him purple for a few days, so any tips on how to not let that happen? I also need a good tail conditioner/detangler. Can I use the same purple shampoo for his body and to whiten his tail/mane? I miss bays

  • #2
    Lucky Braids is a good brand but I just buy the regular bluing shampoo at the drugstore- best bang for your buck, IMO. Dilute it in a bucket and it won’t stain your horse. For the tail, I like to wash it daily leading up to a show to get some of the stains out. After washing, apply Show Sheen (or similar) liberally to detangle and repel dirt. Good luck at the show!


    • #3
      My current instructor was a groom for a horse that went to the WEG. She said bathe with shampoo, etc., the week prior, but that's it. The night before the show, rinse only, and brush dry. As Equisis said, Show Sheen or similar following being brushed dry. The oils in the skin, when stimulated with good grooming, will give you better shine. Obviously if you have any staining you'll need to spot-shampoo with your bluing shampoo, and the advice on the tail is spot on as well. But if you do the main shampooing a week in advance, you shouldn't have any adverse blue-hairs.


      • Original Poster

        So I should be fine shampooing the mane, tail and body with QuickSilver? Is Cowboy Magic rosewater conditioner decent enough to condition his tail before I brush through it? Do I need to add anything besides shampoo and some show sheen to his coat? My braiding girl is very specific about anything slippery going into his mane before a show when she is doing hunt braids, so I figure I will just shampoo the mane and call it good.

        My horses favorite pastime is getting horribly dirty, so I think the earliest I can do it in advance is 3 days. He will be wearing his sheet and sleezy until we warmup for the show, to leave the least amount of hair exposed to his insistent rolling. He truly has a knack for finding a place to get stained in a perfectly clean stall!


        • #5
          Be careful using show sheen where the saddle and girth goes. It makes the hair slick and can cause the saddle to slide a bit. Especially if your guy is like many Arabs built like a barrel with minimal withers.
          "Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested." Ina Garten


          • #6
            I think the purple shampoos are all very similar. Trying out different brands will tell you which you prefer. I do find horse shampoo has a bit more cleaning power than human shampoo. My Paint who is 75% chestnut and naturally shiny could look show ready with just a water bath and some dollar store conditioner on her mane and tail. The older grey mare I also ride needed an epic bath with multiple applications of purple shampoo to her tail and deep scrubbing to her body for the embedded dirt. Whole other world of horse bathing!


            • #7
              A little trick that I figured out years ago is to use Quik Color instead of Quik Silver on the white horses. The Quik Silver gives a silvery sheen while the Quik Color makes them blindingly white.


              • #8
                For my grey, I would always give her a spray of silverado or shapley's coat shine - something with silicone - after a bath, to make those poop and pee stains roll right off. Just be careful of the saddle area and mane!


                • #9
                  I only use show sheen on the tail and legs; I don’t want it anywhere near the mane, and I don’t want it on the hindquarters because it makes quarter marks difficult. Maybe a little spritz on a towel to wipe on the face when tacking up, but no need to go nuts on the body if the horse is clean. I’ve never had an issue with bathing the night before or morning of a show, and I was (/am) a pro groom, but YMMV. A vinegar-based spray is handy for removing stains last minute.

                  For the mane, just lightly shampoo and rinse well. Don’t add any sort of product. Your braider might have her own gel or spray, or she may prefer a dry mane- just have it clean and you should be good.


                  • #10
                    Iodine shampoo is absolutely MAGIC for getting out protein based stains like manure and urine. It’ll get the end of a tail whiter than anything else I’ve tried. It can be drying though, so keep that in mind.