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Horse Show Packing List

A list of essential requirements to get you and your mount ready for a show!

Compiled by Emily Lang.

Your Horse Show Packing list will differ depending on what discipline you compete in. For example, I event so it is necessary for me to pack the gear required for each phase; Dressage, Cross Country and Show jumping. It is also important that you pack a travelling kit, grooming kit and a first aid kit. Horses are unpredictable and you need to ensure that you are prepared for any unfortunate event.  Throughout the blog all of my wonderful HHE gear I use are linked!



Horse’s Tack:
– Halter and lead rope (make sure you pack a spare)
– Bridle
– Spare pair of reins
Saddle cloth
– Sheep wool pad
– Girth

-If you use different saddles for the dressage and jumping phases of an event, don’t forget to pack both saddles, a girth and a pad for each.

– Breast plate
– Flat work, show jumping and cross country protective boots.
– Hole punch
– Ear mufflers (if your horse is a little noise sensitive)
– Spurs
– Whip
– Bridle numbers

Rider’s Kit:
– Boots
Breeches (if you’ve got spares, take them)
Show shirts (as well as spares)
Show jacket
Riding socks
– Riding and handling gloves
– Stock
– Approved helmet
– Cross country colours (if you have them)
– Body protector
– Cross country watch
– Hairnet (essential for keeping long hair looking neat and tidy.
– Safety pins (helpful when attaching numbers etc.)

Travelling Kit:
There are several items that should be packed in the trailer every time you transport your horse. These include:
– Hay net and hay
– Feed for horse
– Horse supplements
-Treats and/ or carrots (do not feed until after your classes , or you may end up with orange froth and slobber over your clean breeches.)
– Buckets (generally used for feeding up, watering, bathing or cooing down your mount)
– Travelling wraps or boots for the horse.
– Show rug, rain sheet, woollen half sheet and heavy rug.

Grooming Kit:
Throughout the course of the show, you’ll be sprucing up your horse each time you enter the ring. Ensure that the items are packed into a container that can be easily loaded into the trailer and taken with you.
– Brushes and combs
– Pulling comb
– Hoof pick
– Old rags and towels
– Hoof polish
– Baby powder (for making white socks sparkling white)
– Baby oil
– Braiding kit
– Show sheen or other coat conditioner
– Hard brush for quarter marking
– Baby wipes
– Fly repellent spray
– Scraper
– Stud kit if used

First Aid Kit:
While we hope that our horse won’t be injured at a show, it is important to be prepared for the worse, therefore, it is always smart to keep these items present at a competition.
– Disinfectant
– Gauze pads
– Vetwrap
– Scissors
– Thermometer
– Bute or other anti-inflammatory
– Electrolytes
– White healer (or other antiseptic cream)

I hope providing these lists you are able to be 100% prepared for every competition, or event!

February 25, 2018
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