How do I cope with showing in the rain? (or Grooming in the rain at home... )
This is such a pain in the rear. But, with some planning and hopefully a trainer with great supplies, you can cope.
This showground busted out the smaller tractors to create trenches and little walls.
Here are some tips that I like:
- Hang blankets and jackets and other wet things on the cross ties in your grooming stall to dry. Simply attach the snaps of the cross ties to each other to create a sling to hang your wet things over. You can also use bailing twine to create clothes lines to dry your stuff. This works at home, too. Stall guards also come in handy for hanging things to dry.
- Bring your wellies. And your rain coat. (And, as always, have a change of clothes in the car for you.)
- If your horse's legs are muddy from showing, rinse in the washrack and avoid puddles on your way back. Or, rinse in the aisle with your water hose so the trip to the stall is short. I find that cleaning mud splatters is easier when they the splatters dry, so you can touch up later with a soft curry and brush if you can't rinse any mud away.
- Learn to love towel drying your horse. You may even need to find a local laundry to do some quick loads after the day ends and before night check. Have absorbant coolers on hand, and use 'em!
So. Much. Water.
- Bring along your best tack conditioner. You will need it. Rained on tack can get slimy, so be prepared to dry it off with lots of rags, then clean and condition when you are done. More details on wet tack here! If your tack room/storage area is super humid due to the rain, consider taking it to your hotel if you are at a show to dry out. (Of course, this is for die hard Grooms.)
- If your stalls don't have an overhang, use the pop up tent in front of the grooming stall if your horse is OK with that. If you don't have a pop up tent, insist that your trainer go steal one right away. I mean purchase.
- If the mud is up to the bottom of your stall, go to the closest hardware or garden supply store and get some mulch. The really big pieces of mulch work, as do the shredded styles. These will give your stall area some traction and reduce the mud and muck in and out of the stall. Dig trenches if you have to. A small trench is super easy to do with the pokey end of a broom and can work wonders to divert water away.
This article has tips on dealing with MUD - at home and away!
What tips do you have for surviving the rain?