The Turn-out

Show hunters should be extremely well turned-out. Their coat should gleam with good care, and they carry a bit more weight than an event or racehorse. The horse is always bathed before the competition, with special attention paid to the white markings. The hooves are polished before the horse enters the show ring.​

The horse's face is always trimmed, focusing on the whiskers around the muzzle, the hair of the ears, the bridle-path, and the horse's lower jaw. The legs are also trimmed, removing all fetlock hair and feathering, and trimming the pasterns and coronet. In the winter, show hunters are often given a full clip, removing all the body hair, to give them a neater appearance in the show ring. The mane is most often braided with yarn matching the color of the mane, into as many as 30-40 braids per horse, however it is usual that there is an odd number of plaits.

Tails should not be pulled at the dock, so that it may be braided, and the bottom of the tail should be left natural, not trimmed. The mane and forelock of the hunter should always be braided when competing at a recognized show. This is best left to a professional braider if the groom is not proficient. The tail may also be braided, from the top down to the end of the tail bone, with the rest of the tail left loose. This is most common at large horse shows or special events (such as year-end horse shows for which a horse/rider combination must qualify).