Guest writer Grace Salmon gives some tips on how to make sure you’re 100% prepared and have everything you might need when going to a horse show. Check out her tips below!
Showing can come with a lot of stress; having a fully stocked backpack will leave you prepared and with one less thing to worry about. In this post you will find a list of 5 items that are essential to your everyday horse show needs. These easily obtainable items can either be found at your local tack shop or drugstore. Whether you’re showing on the A circuit, or going to your first schooling show, you will find that these items are a must have.
Hair nets: Hair nets are essential to showing. Having plenty of hairnets is always a must; whether yours rip, become too stretched out, a barn mate needs one, or necessary just for every horse-show-day use, keeping a few hairnets in your backpack where you know you will be able to find them will help you tremendously!
Horse Show Journal: You can learn a lot at horse shows, and what better way to remember what you’ve learned than writing it down! Keeping a notebook or a journal in your backpack gives you the ability to quickly jot down some notes after a good ride or go into depth about your show weekend. It gives you the chance to reflect on what worked, what didn’t work, what habit you need to break, etc.
Sunscreen: Now, this is pretty much a given, but when you are running around summer horse shows it’s easy to forget to reapply sunscreen. If you have ever shown in the summer you know its basically guaranteed that you’ll get sunburnt. Keeping extra sunscreen in your backpack at shows makes it a little easier to not turn in to a lobster.
Tide To Go Pen: Horses a very messy. If you’ve been around one for at least a minute you are probably aware of this fact. They are notorious for thanking you for the carrot you just gave them by smearing it all over your brand new essex show shirt. This is why a Tide To Go Stain Pen or something similar is a must have to get any stains out of your show clothes.
Horse & Human Snack: Making sure both you and your horse are happy is probably the most important part of showing. Running around a show all day without any food isn’t fun. That’s why keeping an energy bar in your backpack is super important. Sometimes you don’t have time to grab something from the food stand or maybe what they sell doesn’t sound so good. Whatever the reason, it is important to make sure you stay fueled when running around a horse show. Same goes for your horse. While a peppermint or two won’t restore his energy, it will keep him happy while you’re waiting for the jog or taking him for a graze.