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This year will include some exciting activities for youth of all ages at the Spring Derby including...
STUDY INFORMATION FOR HIPPOLOGY @ THE SPRING DERBY HORSE SHOW
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. . . . . * Test your Horse Knowledge with A new Hippology Contest
. . . . . * Find great prizes at the Golden horse shoe Treasure Hunt
. . . . . * Design your horses for the Stick Horse Race
. . . . .* Enjoy a weekend long Scavenger Hunt
. . . . . * Make new friends at A Saturday afternoon Youth Social
We will have lots of great prizes and ribbons for the youth participating in our activities.
Watch for a Hippology Study Guide coming soon!!!
We look forward to seeing you all this Spring! Email me anytime for more information about youth activities or to become more involved!!!!
Danielle @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Sloane @ email@example.com . . .
HORSE OF THE MONTH CONTEST
Is your Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian horse deserving of special recognition? Are you 17 or under? Then enter him or her in CRAA's "Youth Horse of the Month" Contest.
One horse will be chosen per month. Entries need to be sent to Deb @ DLT8888@aol.com or mail to 60 Clark Hill Road, East Haddam, CT 06423 no later than the 20th of the month to be considered. Send an essay of a paragraph or two on why your horse is special. And, don't forget to add a picture. Winners will be highlighted on the front page of our web site for one month. Your Arabian, Half-Arabian or Anglo-Arabian can be a show horse, a trail horse, or just your backyard buddy.
YOUTH OF THE MONTH CONTEST
Do you know a youth who should be celebrated for something he or she has done? Entries need to be sent to CtRiverArabian@aol.com or mail to 60 Clark Hill Road, East Haddam, CT 06423 no later than the 20th of the month to be considered. Send an essay of a paragraph or two on why this youth is special. And, don't forget to add a picture. Winners will be highlighted on the front page of our web site for one month. The youth nominated needs to be under 18.
Please note that you do not have to be a member to nominate your horse or youth, but members will be given credit.
HOW TO GROOM ARABIAN HORSES FOR SHOW
One of the ingredients of winning a competition is knowing how to groom Arabian horses for show. There are certain tools and procedures involved that make the process easier and insure good results with the right effort. Having the right grooming supplies is the first step towards making sure your horse looks as good as possible in the ring.
Rubber curry or curry comb
Mane and tail comb
Body or finishing brush
If you know how to groom Arabian horses for show then you know to start on one side at the top of the neck and work down the side to the haunches. Then you repeat the process on the other side of the horse. You should also know that if you care for your horse properly between shows then grooming on show day is much easier.
To learn how to groom Arabian horses for show you should learn from the professionals who have shown champion Arabians. The basic grooming process begins with the rubber curry or curry comb. They are used to loosen any dirt in the horse coat. Then the dandy brush is flicked over the coat to actually remove the dirt.
When learning how to groom Arabian horses for show the next step to learn is how to use the body brush to smooth the hair. The mane and tail comb take the knots out of the hair and make both mane and tail straight and shiny. You want both to look like they are flowing during the show.
The final basic step in learning how to groom Arabian horses for show is cleaning the hooves. You have to learn how to pick up the horse’s leg in a way the horse won’t lose its balance. If you have properly trained your horse there is a command it will respond to while lifting the leg. Clean the hooves very carefully and thoroughly making sure anything caught in the cracks is removed.
THAT EXTRA SHINE
On the day of the show there are additional horse grooming techniques to be performed that can emphasize your horse’s natural beauty. When you learn how to groom Arabian horses for show, on the day of the competition, the first step is to shampoo and condition the mane and tail. Apply a spray on shine conditioner right before the event.
Also on the day of the show, clip the hair around the eyes, nose, ears, and wherever the bridle rests. Baby oil can make these areas shine.
If you have religiously followed the routine grooming procedures, you already know how to groom Arabian horses for show during those days in-between the shows. A healthy coat is not created on show day. On show day though, you should bathe and condition the horse coat, but you will also add a finishing conditioner to make the coat extra shiny.
Both hooves should be sanded evenly on the bottom, and each hoof polished. A lacquer is made for application as a polish sealant and a color enhancer.
Most Arabian horses have white markings. These white marking require one extra grooming step. In the days leading to the show, clip the areas of white close to the skin. On show day, wash the coat including the markings, and then apply some finishing spray. Once the hair is dry, baby powder is sprinkled on the white areas of the legs. The legs are wrapped and kept wrapped until actual time.
These are the basic grooming rules for the day of the show. You can find more information and tips online with details. Follow the guidelines and your horse will positively gleam on show day!
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