Jun 06, 2020

Top 10 Tips for Keeping Your White Horse White with Rachael Livermore

Rachael Livermore (left) with Sharon White (center) and Cooley On Show after being accepted at the horse inspection at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. USEA/Leslie Mintz Photo.

We all work hard to get our horses shiny and clean for competition day, but it can sometimes take a bit of extra elbow grease to get those grey or white horses looking their best. Rachael Livermore, head groom for Sharon White at Last Frontier Farm, shares some of the tricks she uses to get Sharon's horses looking spick and span - and it starts with everyday care!

  1. For every day scrubbing, I use Ivory soap and really use my fingernails to scrub white socks or a scrub mitt/curry on white bodies.
  2. Then, I use purple shampoo the week of a show or outing to really get the whites to glisten.
  3. Keep them covered if you can! While some horses will get dirty no matter what, there are so many options for blankets, fly sheets, and summer stable sheets that can help keep poo and dirt off no matter the time of year.
  4. For white tails, it’s super important to scrub right at the base of the hair on the tail bone - you have to kind of dig to get in there!
  5. Baby powder is great for quick touch-ups on small areas - but make sure the hair is totally dry first, otherwise, it will be a clumpy mess.
  6. Show sheen sprayed in tails or on white socks after you’ve cleaned them helps keep new stains at bay a little longer.
  7. Clipping white socks on horses that have a lot of leg hair makes it easier to keep them clean.
  8. Ace bandages are perfect for wrapping tails on the trailer or in a stall for a few hours. You might need to use more than one to get the entire length of the tail!
  9. Maintaining white isn’t something that can be done the day before a show! I scrub white socks and tails at least every other day with Ivory soap to keep stains from getting too set.
  10. Lighting is everything - no matter how clean you think they are, the different light in a stall, aisle, wash stall, or out in the sun might show you something you missed!
Feb 24, 2021 Rules

VIDEO: Rules Webinar with Malcolm Hook

Following the popularity of Rules Open Forum held virtually during the 2020 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention in December, the USEA Competitions, Calendar, and Rules Committee decided to host another Rules Webinar to share information about the extraordinary rule changes going into effect on April 1, 2021 and the rule change proposals being put forward to the USEF by March 1, 2021 for approval for the 2022 competition season.

Feb 23, 2021 Competitions

Weekend Quick Links: February 27-28, 2021

Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.

Feb 23, 2021 Future Event Horse

Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan: Prince’s Stone

Chris Ryan’s initial assessment of this 3-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding is that he’s a “good quality sort. Brown is a great color – a strong color in ‘nature.’ One of the first questions I ask myself when evaluating a horse is if he has refinement. We know the breed type here is Thoroughbred but I still ask the question."

Feb 22, 2021 Association News

Push Notifications Now Available on the Event Companion App

The USEA Event Companion App was launched in late 2016 for iOS and Android devices to provide USEA members with easy, at-your-fingertips access to the USEA calendar of events, dressage tests, rules, news, and more. The app, now in its fifth year, has rolled out a new feature for users - push notifications are here!

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