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"Beaten Up" Show horse

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    I do the A shows in a competitive division. My horse is not gorgeous, but he is a nice consistent hunter who usually pulls some decent ribbons. He is a dull dark bay at the best of times (just has that mousey tone to him) but once going around the ring, no judges seem to care. He carries good weight and his boring coat is short and tidy.

    But, one week before our first show, horse comes in from outside with teeth marks right accross his butt, and half his tail is missing up by his dock. So, his tail cant be braided (and he needs extensions which now cant really be added) and he has a pretty obvious scar on him.

    I dont believe in keeping him inside 24/7, that will NEVER be an option for him. He is right now out by himself, but has access to play over a fence.

    Should I still show, or would it be "disrespectful"?

  • #2
    I would still show. I would just do the best I could with the tail (maybe trim some at the top so it's not bushy if it can't be braided).
    Originally posted by barka.lounger
    u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

    we see u in gp ring in no time.


    • #3
      Do the best you can to make him look like he was polished intensely before the show. Judges are generally understanding about outside circumstances. I would say go for it. As long as it isn't hurting the horse and other than the scar etc you are both immaculately turned out, no one should mind


      • #4
        I would say go ahead and show. I don't think he'll look "beaten up", he'll just look like a horse who is allowed to "be a horse"! Give him some extra grooming in advance & try to bring out his natural "bloom". There might be some other things you could do to perhaps disguise the scar a little bit.

        Depending on how bad the tail is, you might be surprised - sometimes it CAN be braided from around the other side. Braiders are quite creative . Even if not, there are certainly horses with better tails than others. There's one horse in our barn who has a perpetual "baby tail" - everyone mistakes her for a youngster (except for the fact that she's enormous!) I'm not a fan of "fake tails" & would rather go with the natural look anyway.

        Good luck at the show.


        • #5
          If it can be braided, maybe try a mud tail? I know they are a bit out of fashion but it would look better then a half eaten tail.
          Eight Fences Farm. Mansfield, MA


          • #6
            There are tailpieces that wrap around the dock. Your braider can probably help you get one and use it appropriately.


            • #7
              I would make sure his mane and forelock are braided TIGHT with same color yarn. Also polish the living heck out of his hooves before he goes in the ring. The soles of your boots should be clean too. His white spots (if any) also should be spotless, even if you have to use white chalk. Judges will understand that stuff happens and forgive it if it is CLEARLY an abberation you coulnd't prevent.
              And god help you if your horse gets kciked of bitten where a spur would rub- then you stay home and hide in a paper bag! (Happened to me
              Do not take anything to heart. Do not hanker after signs of progress. Founder of the Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks guys.... I know that he has to look good, and so do I. Not my first time on the A's. But, I figured out what made his tail hairs fall out - chemical burn from MTG!!!! I used it as directed, and his dock is now bald. No hair at all I dont think there is any hope for a wrap around, as there is noting to pin the fake hairs to.

                I am a good braider, so his mane always looks great and now that he is bathed, polished and ready to go....the scar doesnt look too bad. Can easily be covered with a bit of hoof polish....just the tail....grrrrr.


                • #9
                  I don't know what the rules are in Canada, but here you're not supposed to cover up scars. I think the rule is mostly for confo horses, but anyway...

                  I've had great results with putting some Corona ointment on scrapes. It grows the hair back pretty quick. It won't make the spot go away in a week, but it should at least start the hair growing. It's gooey and gross but it works.


                  • #10
                    I think you should go ahead and show anyway.


                    • #11
                      AHHHH MTG!!!!
                      my friends horse got burns from MTG as well. i used MTG once a month max to be safe. all horses react differently to it


                      • #12
                        My guy goes out with his buddy and comes in with teeth marks all over his neck because they play INCREDIBLY hard out in the field However, it's good for his mind and they both love each other! Anyway, I still do the A/AA shows, usually a good rub with a towel, show sheen, etc, will hide a lot of his marks on his neck. However, I've never had it where I couldn't braid his tail because of something that happened, but I definitely don't think that should prevent you from showing AT ALL!
                        Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine - Class of 2014

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                        RIP Tall Tales


                        • #13
                          Yikes on the MTG burn!! I just used it twice this week in my daughter's pony's tail. I've always had good luck with that stuff.


                          • #14
                            I swear the "coat rebuilder" stuff that comes in a black bottle and is made by...equitec? Something like that? They also make that MicroTek fungus stuff. Anyway I swear it makes coats and tails grow back faster. Good luck!

                            -Catherine Cullen


                            • Original Poster

                              Yep, it was definately the MTG - in the garbage it goes!!!!!

                              Decided to just leave his tail unbraided, it was overcast, thunderstormy and not really worth the effort since he was going to be covered in mud anyway. Did a nice braid job, got his coat shiny (or as shiny as it could be on such a miserable day).

                              All in all, Im glad I went. He pulled some decent ribbons in our first time at the amateur owner division.

                              Does any braider have any tricks for a badly rubbed tail dock? I think we need some sort of wrap around extensions before the next show (big A show). I generally braid myself, but have never had this situation arise before so am not used to the different type of extensions.
                              Last edited by SquishTheBunny; May. 13, 2009, 08:23 PM.


                              • #16
                                been my experience with MTG that if applied, horse should not go out in direct sunlight all day or it will "burn" like baby oil does if applied on a nose and then horse is sent outside right after application.

                                Some horses are more sensitive than others and it always pays to do a "test" area (small area about 2" x 2" in a place that won't be "seen" so readily.

                                Sorry about the tail..goodness, if you will talk to some QH folks, they have absolute fantastic ideas for hiding problem tails..they are the "queens of bling" ya know - lol..

                                I'd show anyway and maybe get one of the tail extensions that you can put in at the dock.


                                • #17
                                  This colored touch up spray might be useful:

                                  A little of the black spray on the bare tail spots might hide things.
                                  Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


                                  • #18
                                    One of my horses is a grey and a few years ago at one of the shows a judge who was well known for showing young ponies & horse on the line did not pin my horse due to his bit marks on his hip & neck and small nicks on face. No were on the horse did he have fresh marks or scabs and nor were they red etc. All marks were old and the judge said to me... I like you & horse but the bite marks put you out of the runnings in the top ribbons.

                                    So, for that point on my horse is turned out alone; if at all and I don't show him if he has marks on his body.


                                    • #19
                                      MTG and sunlight is a no no. I swear the stuff is bacon grease and drys and cracks the hair in the sunlight. If I use it I make sure my horse is using a cover with a tailgate. The Mircotek stuff is very nice with a much better smell too!!!! Good luck but I think you are going to need to keep that tail moist (with the microtek maybe)and be doing little hair growth dances all summer. Darned tails take sometimes two years to get them back right again. Glad to hear that "Hairless Joe" still got to jog in the line. Tails are pretty but you don't ride the tail but I will tell the tail Gods to pay you a visit.


                                      • #20
                                        Why don't you just finish the tail job up and make it an Irish pull? Then it can all grow out together and by ??? (next season?)....

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