When it comes to the appearance and presentation of your British Riding Pony in a show, you will need to do a few things in order to prepare him first. After all, the presentation of your pony is a major key to your success in the arena.
You will need to bathe your British Riding Pony before your competition. This should be done a few days prior to the competition show. You will need to allow time for the natural oils he possesses in his coat to work their magic. These will help your pony to shine with an outward glow. If your pony's natural oils do not have enough time to work their magic, then you can apply a shine enhancing product to his coat after he is completely dry. Be careful not to use too much of the product around the saddle area. This can cause the saddle to slip and create a dangerous situation for you and your pony as well as mess up your performance in the competition.
After your British Riding Pony has had his bath, you will need to attend to any hair clipping that needs to be done. The feathery hair on his legs will need to be clipped closely. Any long hairs that are on his throat, face, muzzle or ears will need to be clipped nicely. You will also want to be sure to clip a path that is nice and clean for your pony's bridle. All of the clipping that you do will help your pony's body appear more defined. This will help to improve his overall presentation when he is in front of the judges. The presentation of your pony is considered to be a key element in the judging of your pony. You want your pony to have every possible advantage.
When you have finished clipping your British Riding Pony, you will need to decide what you are going to do with his mane. If your pony will be competing in events such as show jumping or dressage, you will want to be sure to braid his mane. When you have completed the braiding process, you will want to pull the mane upward to create a loop. You will then need to tie the loop off with some matching yarn, just before the middle portion of the loop. This creates a neat button effect and your pony will be anxious to show his equine flair for style.
Now that your British Riding Pony has his hair coifed, you will need to prepare his manicure. You will want to apply a polish to his hooves to help them to shine. Use clear polish or black polish, depending on the color of your pony's hooves.
Finally, you will want to be sure that you take all of your grooming tools with you for any last minute touches that your pony will need. Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to warm up before your classes begin. Most importantly, remember to enjoy the time with your pony and have a great time.