Lucky, we do not have to clip our goats before the shows. That is so nice. We do not bath them either. If we did that it would ruin their Cashmere. That is why I always say or goats are the easiest goats to show.
All we do is clip the hoofs 5-7 days before the show. The reason for that is if you clip down to far and they are sore and limp a little that will look bad to the judge and they will or should make you down for that, so do it a week or a little less so they are not sore.
yes baby wipes or what we finally just did was get some old rags and use them, with some water. It seems like were always wetting down the wipes because they did not seal and they were dry anyway.
Now the day before show or that day, my daughter wipes down the hoofs and makes sure they look clean and nice, wipe, eyes, nose ears and butts.
I personally clip all of my does as close to the show as possible, except for my Black doe. I generally just clip all of the lighter goats (any color except black) on a #10 and my black does (up til the day of the show) on a #7. Hope that helps and doesn't confuse you more lol.
i try to clip as close to the show date as i can except my black doe. i clip her any where from a week to a week & a half with #10
before the show. now when it is humid & hot like it has been i do them when i can. for the show last weekend they were all done between 3 to 7 days before the show. it is hot enough here that it was o.k. i will wait & do udders the night before or the day of the show
the blade i use are a 10, a 40, and a 1/4 -1/2 inch comb (winter only). i fit my does 4-6 days prior to the show ten blades all the way from the toes up to their paintbrush andthier face. sometimes i use a pair of thinning shears on the face instead of the clippers. don't forget to remove the beards. (except on bucks) and the ear hair is a plus! . i use the 40 for a dairy clip in summer and in the winter if i have a milker i use a 15 instead of the 40 and a 3 instead of a 10.
i use a shampoo special for goats. you can order in on caprine supply. its awesome. another thing that i do is i get a can of pink oil and a spray conditioner like kleen sheen (cattle product). i wash my goats at home or the day before then i spray them with the conditioner, and before the show i get a rag and spray the pink oil in it and some on the goat and rub it it with the grain. it helps keep their skin soft and moisturized. judges like neat and fit goats.
i trim up my boers the day before the show. a bath first with the goat shampoo mixed with awesome purple and then i blow dry the hair while blowing in pink oil ( it pops the coat) then i trim up and wash them off ( no shampoo) then i just blowdry like normal. showday i pink oil and blowdry them. i also trim the hair around the hooves to make them look better