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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse!


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Last year I wrote my Showing Check List and decided I need to follow up with my showing schedule!



The Day Before! 

They day before a show is always hectic!  I have found a schedule that I like and it seems to work for getting everything done in time and getting an early night!  Believe me, it might not seem like a lot to do in one day but doing all of this will definitely get you tired by the end of the night!

10am - I take the in horses in from the field like any other day.

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I ride them and do a lot of basic schooling.  I only do showjumping competitions so I think doing jump schooling should be done in the weeks running up to the show.  I will practice our jumping once or twice in the week of the show.  I know some people like to practice their jumping the day before a show but I have always done it my way and it works for my horses and I.


The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins

12pm - This is when I take the time to do the mucking out and any other stable duties that are due to do that day!  You can find my cleaning routine for the stables HERE.  I do this so it is out of the way and the stables are ready to go in the evening.

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins
2pm - At this point I am hungry so I go take my tack and go home to have lunch.  I when then get my clothes ready for the next day and an other stuff on Showing Check List that I get collect from at my house.  I clean my tack and go back to the stables with everything that I have looked out.



5pm - I get to the yard and start packing the horse trailer with the rest of my showing check list along with everything I took from home.  I also fill haynets and water containers for the trailer.  Anything that I cannot put in the trailer goes in the car for tomorrow.  (You can get an affordable grooming kit from Bentley Slip-Not 8 Piece Equestrian Grooming Kits.




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6pm - I take the horses back in from the field and it's time to wash them.  I wash, trim and plait each horse one at a time.  I then rug them up with the appropriate rugs for the weather and bandage them.

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins


8:30pm - It's time to go home!!


The Day Of The Show!  

6am - Wake up and get dressed.  I put my showing clothes on apart from the jacket and wear waterproofs over the top.  I think get my hair and make up done quickly ( if I can be bothered!!)  and get some breakfast.

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins


7am - Get to the stables and tie the horses up in the wash bay.  I then muck out and do any stable duties as I don't like doing it after a long day!

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins


8am - Load the horses and set off for the competition!

9am - Go to the office and enter the classes for the day!  The buy some breakfast, go unload the horses and tie them up with a haynet.  I will then sit where I can see the horses and eat my breakfast.

9:30am - Tack up and get ready for my class!  I start warming up at least 30 minutes before my class on Shandy and 45 minutes before my class on Zoe so I have time to calm her down!  Then it's ready for the competition!

The Ultimate Showing Schedule For You And your Horse - The Rider's  Reins

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