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Monday, 21 January 2019

How To Pack For a Horse Show With FREE Printable

Have you ever rocked up to a horse show, feeling real good and realise you have forgotten your girth?  Yeah, same.  If you're lucky you can borrow one and only waste some time and if not then you're going home!  

I have created a list of everything I take to a horse competition AND a free printable just for you.  

Chestnut horse with flaxen mane wearing a bridle with a red rosette


Travelling -

  • Travelling boots 
  • Fleece 
  • Poll protector 
  • Leather Headcollar (safer for travelling)
  • Tail Bandage 
  • Quick-Release rope 
A poll protector to put on the horse's head collar

Showing -

  • Saddle 
  • Bridle 
  • Saddle Pad 
  • Martingale/Breastplate 
  • Stirrups and Stirrup leathers.
  • Girth 
  • Head collar and lead rope (I usually also bring a spare!) 
  • The container of water and a bucket 
  • Groom kit (you can see my basic Grooming Kit HERE)
  • First Aid kit (you can see my basic first aid kit HERE)
  • Treats (or a bucket with a small amount of horse feed if your horse is hard to load)
  • Lunging line (I have never had to use it but it is worth taking if your horse is very fresh!)
  • Boots (I usually bring overreach boots and brushing or tendon boots for jumping shows)
  • Passport and other important info!  (It is illegal to travel a horse without a passport in some countries!)
A black saddle with a red saddle pad on a grey horse


Clothes -

  • Showing Jacket 
  • Shirt and Tie 
  • Jodhpurs and riding or showing boots 
  • Hairband and net (if necessary)
  • Belt 
  • Riding Hat 
  • Riding Gloves 
  • Waterproofs (I wear these over my showing clothes while travelling to keep them clean)
  • Change of clothes! (Sometimes I want to stay for a little while after my classes have finished!  It is also just nice to change on the way home) 

A riding hat upside down on the ground with a grooming brush inside

Other -

  • Money (To pay for classes and buy food if it's available!)
  • Food and Drinks ( Food and Drinks sold at showing grounds are expensive!) 
  • Emergency contacts that are written down and put somewhere that it can be found like your show jacket pocket! (Especially important if you are alone!) 
  • Haynet and enough hay 
  • Extra Horse Feed
  • Whip/spurs 
  • Tack Cleaning supplies 
  • Spare Bale of Shavings
  • Mucking out tools
  • Rain sheet/Heavier rug
There are probably some things that I don't bring that others do so please comment below as I would love to hear the difference!

A pony wearing a blue, red and white head collar eating hay out of a wheel barrow

Now for the Printables!  

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I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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