My name is Jessica Taylor and I am part of the Customer Service team here at Naylors Equestrian. In this blog I’m going to talk about my show preparation. 2017 was a very exciting year for me and my horse Randal. It was our third consecutive year competing in the Intermediate working hunter classes with it being the most successful to date, having qualified for the Royal International Horse Show and the Horse of the Year Show with many other wins at the major shows around the country. My proudest moment of the season would be winning the intermediate section of the Lord Leverhulme Gold Cup at the Royal Cheshire County Show.
The team at Horse Health sent me some fabulous LeMieux products to review while I am training at home and out competing to use for show preparation. Since using these products I have noticed a massive difference in Randal’s performance at home and the overall appearance of his coat and finish whilst in the show ring. I have also noticed how quick and easy my show preparations are.
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My top five must have LeMieux show preparation products for the 2018 show season are:
The LeMieux X-Grip Twin Sided Euro Jump Square is the only saddle pad I use while at home to prepare for a show. This is due to its stylish look, the shock absorption system and its super soft Bamboo Lining.
While training at home I like to know that my horse is going to perform at his best and this saddle pad is perfect for this as it has been designed to offer stability, shock absorbance and grip. The saddle pad features a unique 3 layer system that combines the X-Grip silicone top layer, Blast foam core and the Acavallo gel underside. The X-Grip system holds my saddle perfectly in place. The Blast foam core is a memory foam layer that moulds to the horses back and saddle so I know every time I ride my saddle is going to sit perfectly on my horses back whilst providing comfort.
Previously while preparing I would have ridden in a plain saddle pad and then added an Acavallo gel pad to offer shock absorption however when using the LeMieux X-Grip saddle pad there is no need to add a half pad or gel pad due to the Acavallo underside already being built in to the pad. This makes it less bulky so you are closer to the horse so you can feel how the horse is going so much better.
The final thing that draws me to this saddle pad is its super soft Bamboo lining. This lining is exceptionally soft that almost has the feel of cashmere or silk. It is a natural wicking and deodorising material so doesn’t get smelly and absorbs and controls sweat under the saddle which is ideal during a tough training session.
As my horse is grey it is very hard to get him shiny but this spray makes his coat and tail glisten perfectly. I particularly like to use this spray as part of my show preparation as it does not attract dirt or dust while at the competition and as the mist comes out it does not leave a moisture mark on the coat just a beautiful shine.
To prepare for a show I like to apply this all over the horse’s body and in the tail. When applying it to the horses coat I like to spray a layer of the product on the coat directly after the horse has been bathed as this will dry the product into the coat. Then when I get to the show I will spray it onto a mitt or a cloth and wipe it all over which really catches the light whether its artificial or on a sunny day. When applying to the tail I spray it directly into the hair and comb through. This spray also acts a detangler so the tail will stay knot free.
This is my must have product to prepare for show ring as it is the perfect finishing spray!
All grey horse owners will understand the frustrations when you have spent hours of prepping getting them clean to then come back to the horse spotting a poo stain. But this spray is the answer to everyone’s prayers. Once the poo stain has been removed this is the perfect product to enhance the white. I also use this product on the horses socks and to disguise any scars or blemishes.
When using this product on the horses socks I spray it directly onto the leg wait for it to dry and then use a soft brush to brush off any excess so it blends naturally into the hair. Tip: Apply this product before applying any hoof oil as this remove any excess that is on the horse feet so no one will know that the spray has been used. If I am covering any little nics or scars I spray this directly onto sponge and then dab it onto any areas that are needed. I also use the black spray with this method to blacken out any dapples on the horses legs to enhance them.
I have used many different colour enhancing sprays but this I find really useful as it is easy use and doesn’t come off instantly.
This is the longest lasting hoof oil shine I have used. It is a high gloss clear spray that can be used on any colour hooves. It adds instant shine that lasts all day long. I like to apply this product the night before any competition as a base coat and then add a second layer at the competition for a smart finishing touch.
To apply this product you simply just spray it on the hooves in a side to side motion for an even coverage. Once dry you are left with a glossy hoof that will last for hours making your show preparation quick and easy.
This razor is a product I can not go without having. It is the ideal safe and quick way to remove any whiskers or scraggly hairs. I use this product the night before a competition for a close shave while knowing I am at no risk of cutting the horse as its non-clogging razor is protected by a comb. If we are going to a a stay away show it is perfect to have with us in case the whiskers start to grow back I can just quickly remove the hairs.
To use this product on the horses muzzle I use it in downward strokes to remove the hair evenly leaving no hairs behind or any razor marks.
The LeMieux Close Shave Disposable Equine Razor is a must have, practical for any last minute show preparation either at the show or on the yard. These can also be reused several times and are so affordable at the price of just £1.99!
After trialling these products I would not want to be without them now. They really are game changers for show preparation. I look forward to continue to use these products during the upcoming season.