Give your horse the winning look! With competition season well underway, we’re going to be telling you a little bit more about some very special preparation products. Without further ado, it’s time we introduced you to our top picks from none other than the only official supplier of supplements and care products to the British Equestrian Teams, NAF! Used for some of the most high profile horses around, they truly offer the Five Star Treatment!
NAF Show Off Shampoo
Show up, show off! There’s nothing more eye catching in the show ring than a sensationally shiny coat. However, all too often hours of blood sweat and tears just don’t do the trick.
We can all agree, a good bath is the best way to remove dirt and grease from our horse’s coat. But that’s all a shampoo can do, right? Not this one! You may have noticed that some soaps simply strip the coat of everything in their path. While this may leave your horse clean, it can also make the hair dull, lack lustre, rough and brittle. No one wants that!
Thankfully, NAF Show Off isn’t one of those products! Formulated to offer so much more than just powerful cleaning, it removes dirt, deep conditions, brightens and enhances natural pigmentation. Designed for outstanding results, it doesn’t disappoint. Bonus points from us, it smells fantastic too!
For the best results, wet your horse’s coat and apply a small amount of shampoo. Work it into a lather using a wash brush or mitt, getting right down to the skin. Rinse away thoroughly with clean water.
“I have a grey (white!) mare who I regularly compete at dressage with. She is a nightmare to get clean, especially removing the yellow smears that seem to be everywhere. The only product that gets her clean is NAF show off shampoo, it’s amazing!!! I’ve tried so many other, very similar products and they don’t even begin to lift the stains. NAF shampoo lifts them straight away and leaves her coat looking fantastic and white, all for a very reasonable price. Here’s a picture of her winning her area festival last year, scrubbed using NAF shampoo!”
“Midnight Rustic Moonshine (Monster) is always washed with SHOW OFF before a show, it makes her coat incredibly shiny, we also use it on our other Show Hunter for her white bits and the results are magnificent! Monster has also always been on In The Pink Powder ever since we saw a real difference in her condition at the Search for a Star finals at HOYS in 2012. We trust NAF to deliver with turn out and with nutrition and wouldn’t be without either product.”
Spray & Shine
Shine On Grooming Spray
Get noticed! Have you ever found yourself longingly gazing after a horse whose coat gleamed like glass? Next time, make sure it’s your four legged friend turning heads! After you’ve given your horse a bath, add the finishing touches to their dry coat with NAF Five Star Shine On Grooming Spray. Giving your horse that little extra WOW factor, this fine mist spray leaves coats, manes and tails smooth, sparkling and impossible to overlook!
Charlotte & Danny
“My favourite NAF products are the Lavender Wash, Paint It Clear and the Shine On Grooming Spray they really do work a treat and at a brilliant price too, I use them all the time at shows and at home! He is a picture of me and Danny (Norway dance) competing in Wales in the Home Pony International qualifying for scope too!”
Alice & Mr Goose
“My favourite NAF product Shine On! I love this product as Mr Goose and I love to compete and I always spray this on him. It makes him look so smart and shiny. Not only is it really effective, it is so easy and quick to use, a couple of sprays and he is shining! I would recommend this product to anyone who wants to stand out from the crowd and catch the judges eye.”
Mane & Tail
NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler
Tame, tangle free and oh so touchable! Whether your horse has miles of mane or is pulled to perfection, NAF Silky Mane and Tail D-Tangler is a show season saviour. Leaving hair feeling silky and smooth, it’s deluxe formula makes removing knots child’s play, while promoting a natural looking shine. Great for day-to-day use in the run up to competition, it discourages mud, hay, bedding and dust from sticking.
Thankfully, this makes for much easier brushing out, reducing breakage and saving time! Best of all, it’s non-sticky and non-greasy, so there’s no tell tale signs left behind.
Lucinda Thompson & Steve
“This is one of my horses, Steve, at Bicton Arena where he was plastered in red mud after cross country day (XC photo underneath so you can appreciate the mud!). However, with the help of NAF Show Off Shampoo and Silky Mane and Tail D-tangler he was sparkling for Sundays trot up.”
Hayley & Billy
“We use quite a few NAF products, our favourite is the Silky. Silky is an essential product when going to competitions but it is also used at home to keep our horses manes and tails lovely and tangle free. Our horses live out and their tails get rather mucky, it keeps their tails thick and because it helps reduce tangles, it means less hair is pulled out when grooming. We highly recommend this product for all horse owners!”
NAF Plait It Up
Enough is enough, no more sharing hair spray! There’s nothing worse than dropping a section half way through a plait. Except maybe getting to a show and finding half of the hair has gone rogue and escaped! If slippery manes and tails are your number one enemy, this is the product for you. Prepare to create pure perfection every time with NAF Plait It Up. Quick, easy and effective, it makes the hair easier to grip and faster to work with. To use, simply:
- Section your horse’s mane and brush out any knots.
- Spray each section with Plait it Up.
- Plait the hair.
- Lightly spray to finish and fix.
Jess Mayoh & Blakeswater Sanchez
“I use a lot of NAF Products. My favourites are the Silky Mane & Tail De-tangler and Plait It Up Spray. Plait It Up helps my plaits stay neat and tidy and create show stopping plaits every-time. The Detangler helps my mane and tail stay knot free as-well as being soft and shiny.”
“The results of using NAF Plait it up before and during the wettest days hunting imaginable! Highly recommend product for keeping stray hairs in place and giving your plaits that finished look!”
Paint It Black & Paint It Clear
Time for a pedicure? Help your horse put their best hoof forward. Highlight their natural hoof pigmentation and ensure they’re polished to perfection with NAF Paint It Clear or NAF Paint It Black. Unlike oils which tend to rub off quickly, this is a fast drying polish. In other words, it stays put! To apply, wash and dry the hoof. Next, paint the product on to the wall of the hoof using the brush applicator provided, avoiding the coronet band. A great alternative to varnish, the ingredients are natural. So, it doesn’t require removal.
Emma & Maggie
“I love the Paint it Black Polish it dries so quickly and is proper black, it looks really smart and the Show Off Shampoo is so easy to use and Maggie shines more than her competitors!! We are working out way through the range!!”
Harry & Apple
“Paint It Clear – This stuff is so cool! It makes Apple’s hoofs look incredible and it lasts even after riding! It makes me and Apple feel super glam when riding!”
Post Show Spa…
There’s no denying, shows are mentally and physically draining, not just for us, but for our horses too! By the end of the day we’re eagerly awaiting heading home for a well deserved soak in the bath. The question is though, what about our horses?
NAF Cooling Wash
No hassle, no rinsing, no tension! When our final class is over, we often sponge our horses down to cool them off, right? Easily squeezing into your usual routine, add a couple of caps of NAF Cooling Wash to your water. This helps with relaxation, reduces stiffness and refreshes tired muscles.
NAF Lavender Wash
From crowds and banners to flower pots and scary fences, our horses are faced with a lot while out competing. NAF Lavender Wash contains natural essential oil, formulated to help them unwind and relax. With no hidden nasties like soaps, detergents or thickeners, there’s no need to rinse it away afterwards. Simply dilute it in water and apply liberally.
There you have it! Everything you need in your grooming kit for a show stopping turnout. We can’t wait to see your show day snaps! Share your photos in the comments or include #NaylorsSnapAndShare on your social posts. You can shop all of the products featured in this blog at Naylors.com or visit one of our stores.