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TO THE NINES A Practical Guide to Turnout for Dressage, Hunter-Jumper and Eventing

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by Jennifer Chong
Streamline and polish your presentation, or learn the nuances of competition when crossing disciplines. This book is filled with competitors' secret formulas, tips, and techniques to help you look fresh and organized when exhibiting. Perfect for instructors and clubs as well as individual exhibitors.
Chong, a former Pony Clubber, saw the need for a practical "everything but the riding" guide to preparing for competition. She has been a working student at eventing and dressage barns in California, the East Coast and Germany, and rides in U.S. Equestrian Federation, U.S. Eventing Association, and U.S. Dressage Federation recognized competitions.
The Rider
Selection of Attire
Schooling Apparel, Hats and Helmets, Competition Attire
Finishing Off the Look
A Stick-y Situation: Artificial Aids, Boots, Jewelry, Hair,
Keeping the Look Fresh
Keeping Clean, Keeping Cool, Ladies Only, Barn Clothes
The Horse
Your Spick-and-Span Horse
Grooming, Methods of Restraint, Bathing,
Troubleshooting and Spot Cleaning
Hooves, White Markings, Clipping, Coat Problems, Sheath and
Udders, Chesnuts, Show Ring Shine
Coat and Mane Treatments
Trimming, Mane Pulling, Braiding, Clipping, Don't Bug Me! Dealing with
The Tack
Selection of Equipment
Quality, Style, Buying Used Tack
Care of Tack
Why Care for Tack, Everyday Cleaning, Special Occasion Tack Care,
Complete Cleaning and Conditioning, Agh! It's Alive: Neglected Tack,
Tack Storage, Tack Repair, or "My Hero, the Shoe Repair Guy"
The Show
Prepare to Compete
The Paper Chase, Chef D'Equipe, Labeling, The Traveling Horse,
Stall and Barn Setup, Studs, Countdown!, Ice and Poultice Treatments,
Final Words
Helpful Lists
Competition Checklists
Other Sources of Information
About the Author


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