Showing & turnout

Making a good first impression counts in all equestrian disciplines. Horse Hero has a treasure trove of videos on how to turn your horse out to the highest standard, including mane and tail pulling, plaiting, washing, trimming and grooming. Celebrity contributors such as top show rider Louise Bell, eventers Wayne Garrick and Kitty Boggis, Badminton Stables manager Brian Higham and dressage supremo Laura Bechtolsheimer share their tried and tested methods with us. Plus, there are videos on ring-craft with leading show producer Sam Quiney. Whether you are turning-out for hunting, dressage, eventing or showing, learn from the professionals on Horse Hero!

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Louise Bell on 'dressing to impress' in the show ring Louise Bell on 'dressing to impress' in the show ring
Louise is a master of 'show etiquette' and as one of the leading working hunter riders in the UK, she knows exactly how to create the right impression for horse and rider in the ring. She demonstrates with Cruise Control what to wear, what tack to use, how to make the judge feel comfortable on your horse and how to apply those all important finishing touches! Yes - you too can look the part and if you watch Louise's videos on plaiting, polishing boots, the perfect tail and trimming fetlocks, you and your horse will be 'dressed to impress'!

Sam Quiney trains Spice for the show ring Sam Quiney trains Spice for the show ring
Wilderness Fancy Spice, overall winner at the British Show Pony Society Champs' 2011, is a tricky pony to ride. Show producer Sam Quiney shows how she deals with Spice's spookiness, which is the main challenge in preparing her to be ridden by a child in competition. Spice has an exceptional walk and trot which Sam shows off to full advantage and she also explains how to improve the canter. "The overall impression is what counts in showing", says Sam. "The pony should be taking the child not the child taking the pony." Sam ends by devising an individual show which suits the pony the best and is likely to impress the judges.

The perfect tail, with top show rider Louise Bell The perfect tail, with top show rider Louise Bell
In this short video, prolific show winner Louise Bell explains the perfect shape and length for a horse's tail. While Louise may be 'queen' of the working-hunters, this tail would look good on any horse in any setting. Find out how to create the 'wow' factor!

Perfectly polished boots, with show rider Louise Bell Perfectly polished boots, with show rider Louise Bell
Spit and polish and a bit of elbow-grease! That's what it takes to get your riding boots gleaming, according to top show rider, Louise Bell. She should know, as in her sport turnout is paramount. Louise offers some clever, time saving tips to make your boots look a million dollars. After all, as she says, "showing is an equestrian version of 'catwalk modelling'!"

Louise Bell on her top working hunter, Man on Fire Louise Bell on her top working hunter, Man on Fire
Man on Fire is a prolific working hunter winner for top show rider, Louise Bell. Still only a youngster, he notched up 26 wins last year in his first season, so she rightly expects great things from him, despite the fact his career nearly took a very different direction! He oozes star quality, even over his stable door, and has a lot to 'say for himself' in this interview, with Fiona Price (October '08). He also entertains us with his favourite trick!

Plaiting a 'skinny neck' with show rider, Louise Bell Plaiting a 'skinny neck' with show rider, Louise Bell
Louise Bell is one of the most successful show riders in the UK and a prolific working hunter winner. So she should know a thing or two about plaiting. In this gem of a video, Louise shows how to plait using a combination of rubber bands and needle and thread and she offers some unusual tips. She also shows us how to make a skinny neck look like it has an impressive crest. A clever illusion to show your horse off to its best and gain that extra mark, whatever discipline you compete in. She also braids the forelock beautifully!
How to plait a long mane with a Spanish braid How to plait a long mane with a Spanish braid
Dressage rider, Hannah Biggs, demonstrates how to correctly braid a Spanish stallion's mane for competition. However, she points out that on a daily basis she just divides Torri's mane into long plaits to keep it out of the reins. Hannah has instructions from his owners not to trim or pull his mane at all, so Torri is shown here in all his glory. It takes a strong pair of hands to get this lot under control but the end result is a work of art! This may not be completely correct for other native breeds but Hannah explains it's acceptable for dressage.

How to plait a tail How to plait a tail

Kate Baldwin is Laura Bechtolsheimer's head girl. Using a 'Bectholsheimer baby' Kate demonstrates the art of plaiting a tail. She swiftly creates a perfect plait and finishes it off with a neatly stitched loop. The braid creates a very impressive rear-end that would make an impact in any showing ring, out hunting or at a competition! It helps that her well-behaved model has a fabulous full tail to start with! Kate explains her technique to Fiona Price and offers some useful advice.


How to hog a cob, with eventer Wayne Garrick How to hog a cob, with eventer Wayne Garrick

This is a short, cute piece which we hope you'll enjoy, whether or not you need to hog a mane! Wayne Garrick (eventer, hunt groom and Horse Hero blogger) shows us how it's done. Hogging is common on hunter and show cobs and here we have a perfect example, not to mention a well-mannered model!


How to make your horse's coat gleam How to make your horse's coat gleam

'Pig Oil' is a well kept secret, revealed here by dressage rider, Hannah Biggs. It's actually a mineral oil which was originally used to make pigs shine in the show ring and has been used on heavy horses to keep their feathers silky white and shiny. Hannah shows how to apply it to make your horse's coat gleam and catch the judge's eye! She explains its many uses which, she says, include a treatment for sweet itch, minor cuts and rug rubs, as well as restoring hair. Hannah's PSG dressage horse, 'Beans', models!


Trimming heels with a comb & scissors Trimming heels with a comb & scissors

As the competition season is about to start, Horse Hero's Fiona Price provides a timely demonstration of how to trim a horse's heels using the time-honoured method of a comb and scissors! The desired effect is a 'contouring' of the fetlock joint rather than a close-crop, as this horse has unclipped legs. It takes no time at all to create a professional looking finish which is easy to maintain.


Dazzling white legs, with eventer Wayne Garrick Dazzling white legs, with eventer Wayne Garrick
Here is an economy tip to get your horse's legs 'whiter than white'. Event rider, Wayne Garrick, shows us how to turn the grubbiest of legs into brilliant white ones, quickly and cheaply, and throws in a dose of his inimitable humour just for good measure!

Event rider, Kitty Boggis, on trimming whiskers & ears beautifully! Event rider, Kitty Boggis, on trimming whiskers & ears beautifully!
Keeping your horse looking their best for competition is one of those constant jobs! International event rider Kitty Boggis is renowned for her high standard of turnout and makes quick work of trimming whiskers, jaw line and ears on her well behaved advanced eventer, Kings Cross. Easy peasy! Presented at Kitty's Wiltshire yard with Louisa Brassey.

Plaiting with needle & thread, at Badminton Stables Plaiting with needle & thread, at Badminton Stables
On one of the Beaufort Hunt’s last hunting days in the 2007/8 season, we watched Susie Preest plaiting a horse at Badminton Stables before being loaded onto the lorry. Susie, who’s worked at this yard for nearly 28 years, favours the needle and thread method because she says the plaits are more durable for a full day’s hunting. Nifty finger work, Susie! Susie Preest from Badminton Stables with presenter Fiona Price.

Plaiting with bands Plaiting with bands
Ffion Thomas was previously Polly Williamson’s head groom and is now a freelance groom and 2* event rider. She prefers plaiting with bands as they are quicker to put in than using a needle and thread and easier to take out without damaging the mane. This clip includes French-plaiting the forelock. Ffion provides an excellent demonstration which is likely to convert the most ardent 'needle and thread' user! She is filmed at Polly Williamson’s eventing yard with presenter Laura Bechtolsheimer.

Mane pulling, with event rider Kitty Boggis Mane pulling, with event rider Kitty Boggis
Kitty Boggis is reputed for her high standards of turnout and a neatly pulled mane is a pre-requisite for tidy plaits. Kitty demonstrates with lightening speed, how to pull a mane to great effect and shares a few hot tips. A great demonstration! Presented by Louisa Brassey at Kitty's yard in Wiltshire.

How & why to pull a tail, with Brian Higham at Badminton Stables How & why to pull a tail, with Brian Higham at Badminton Stables
These days, many competition horses and hunters tend to have pulled tails, rather than full tails which would require plaiting. Brian Higham at Badminton Stables, is probably one of the most knowledgeable horsemen in the country and he explains the origins of tail pulling - which were for practical rather than aesthetic reasons – and shows how it’s done.

Tail length & trimming, with Brian Higham at Badminton Stables Tail length & trimming, with Brian Higham at Badminton Stables
Tail length is often the subject of heated debate! Brian Higham, at the Badminton Stables, demonstrates the appropriate length for hunting (as this is the emphasis at the Badminton yard). He also talks about protocol in other disciplines. The lovely dun mare (which belongs to Brian’s wife Sherry), stood like a soldier on this freezing cold day!

Grooming, the Bechtolsheimer way! Grooming, the Bechtolsheimer way!
This isn’t any ordinary grooming demo’ or any ordinary horse! Laura Bechtolsheimer and her competition groom Carole Levitt demonstrate the Bechtolsheimer method of grooming on her team ride, Mistral Hojris. For those that haven’t experienced the time-honoured tradition of ‘banging’ (otherwise known as ‘strapping’), this video is a must! Presented by Laura and Carole at Laura’s Gloucestershire yard.

On the record! Louise Bell, prolific show winner On the record! Louise Bell, prolific show winner
Louise is one of the great personalities of the showing world, not to mention a leading light! Starting out as an eventer and influenced by show jumpers Ted and Liz Edgar, Louise says suppleness and flexion are the keys to performance in the show ring. She likes her horses to be fit, not like "pigs on sticks"! Louise talks about what she looks for when buying a horse and her relationship with fellow show rider, Robert. Find out about her connection with movies and her extremely forthright aim for next season!

Hilarious Out Takes with show rider, Louise Bell! Hilarious Out Takes with show rider, Louise Bell!
Enter the 'real Louise Bell'! When you see Louise gliding along in the show ring on board one of her fabulous steeds, looking so composed, you'd never guess she's so outrageously funny and so completely nuts about her animals! Louise had us in hysterics the whole time we filmed with her (making some terrific turn-out videos, as it happens) and is certainly worthy of a entire out-takes video for herself. It's just what you need to brighten up your day. Louise is a star in and out of the show ring! (But be warned, there's strong language!!)

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