Jayne Ross’ favourite grooming productsFebruary 12, 2018 10:25 am
Posted in General, Grooming, Jayne Ross, Products, Tips
Absorbine sponsored rider, Jayne Ross has won the title of Supreme Horse of the Year at Horse of the Year Show five times in the last decade. In 2014 and 2015 Broadshard Simplicity took the Supreme Horse of the Year in consecutive years, a feat unheard of in recent times. The Royal International Horse Show Supreme Horse title has also been won four times by Jayne.
Jayne and her team are firm believers in letting the show horses behave as horses. Many of Jayne’s 20 strong team live out at night. However, every single horse from the yard always looks their absolute best when entering the showring. Jayne and her team achieve this through a combination of great all-round horse management and care and using top turnout products from Absorbine to make the most of each horse’s attributes.
The Absorbine ShowSheen range of horse care and turnout products provides several absolute staple turnout products in Jayne’s busy yard. In any given season, the team will use around 60 litres of ShowSheen Original Hair Polish and Detangler on her yard of 20 horses. Jayne said: “ShowSheen is our ‘must have’ product, it is so versatile and detangles and shines wherever it is used. We always take great care not to get it on the reins or under the saddle though. We have taken to using Show Sheen Detangler Gel around the eyes and muzzle – it provides a great shine and no stickiness”.
Horses at Jayne’s yard are always bathed the day before a show. Jayne said: “We take great care to use a shampoo that cleans the coat thoroughly but is also very gentle on the skin. When horses are washed as frequently as ours are we need to be really careful that they don’t get scurfy. All our horses are bathed in Absorbine ShowSheen 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, which gives a deep clean and leaves them silky soft. We always use plenty of warm water when giving the horses a bath and afterwards they get a good rub with a towel to help dry and keep them warm”.
For grey or coloured horses that are prone to stable stains, regular bathing is essential. Jayne said: “The Absorbine Stain Remover is a great pre-treatment product – for any stable stains we simply spray the Stain Remover on the dirty area and leave it for a few minutes before washing the stain away. This is such a simple yet effective product. Another problem is how to get your white tails white after a winter of standing in the mud. We swear by Absorbine Stain Remover & Whitener, spray it on and leave it to work for 5-10 minutes before washing it off. Do this every day and your tail will soon be sparkling”.
“As always, Absorbine have some brilliant new products out this year. We have been delighted to try the new CoolDown body wash and as soon as the flies come out, the horses will be wearing their new Absorbine Fly Masks with removeable noses every day in the field”.
Manes and Tails
Jayne knows as soon as a horse arrives in the yard as to whether he will be hogged or plaited once he begins his showing career. “This will affect how we rug the horse – if we are going to be doing plaits then we will never use up-the-neck rugs as this can affect the mane for several months to come!” she said.
“We will hog a cob’s mane as soon as we can, so we can see the shape of their neck. A mane can often hide the true neck shape.
“All our horses have pulled tails. We start off pulling the young horses tails very quietly and slowly particularly the first time they are done. We all use Absorbine Detangler Gel or ShowSheen in the horses tails frequently to keep them looking smart on a day to day basis. We don’t brush their tails to avoid breaking the hairs, spray ShowSheen and comb through with fingers or a wide-toothed comb before entering the show ring”.
“All the horses have normal shoes throughout the winter. When the shows start, we will use light steels or aluminium plates for the ring, particularly on the really big moving horses. If the ground dictates we will use studs behind but never in front. We never use studs in an indoor arena. The horses have their feet oiled regularly with Hooflex Liquid Conditioner to keep them in good condition and then we use SuperShine Hoof Polish at shows – we are careful to use black polish on black feet and clear polish on white feet.
Jayne is already out and about on the showing circuit with her team of horses and you can be sure to see her at major shows this season looking impeccable.