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The Show Kit To End All Show Kits

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Musings, insight, and pro tips

The Show Kit To End All Show Kits

Sophia Proler

 

 

Show Season Is Upon Us!

Are you ready for the nerves, the hurrying up and waiting, the broken vending machines, far-away porta-potties, and that rider who keeps beating you by .5 seconds in the jump off?

WE ARE!

Whether it's your fiftieth show season or your first, the key to a successful show trip is having a killer show kit. Below, we've listed show essentials and pro tips for a smooth show season!

If you think we missed one, or have a great tip you'd like to share, comment below! We'll add it and credit you in the master list!

 

THE ESSENTIALS

 

YOUR HORSE

Saddle (all purpose, dressage, jumping, or all three!)
Show pad
Hack pad
Girth
Bridle
Show bit
Hack bit
Martingale
and/or breastplate

Boots/Polo wraps for warmup & lunging
Halter & lead rope
Lunge line

Shipping wraps
Tail bandage
Buckets
Hay
(if not offered/your horse is sensitive)
Shavings
Night blanket

Braiding rubber bands
Seam ripper

Touch up clippers
Scissors
Hoof polish
Grooming supplies
Basic farrier kit
Vet wrap, Corona ointment, quick fix vet gear
Coggins & Rabies certificates

YOU

Show helmet
Protective vest
Show coat
Stock tie
or show pin
Hair bow/ribbon
(for the kiddo competitor)
Show shirt (bring 2!)
Cuff links for the dressage test
Show gloves
Belt
Show breeches
(bring 2!)
Tall boots
Tall socks
Spurs/Crop

Boot polish

Bobby pins, scrunchies, rubber bands
Hair net & hairspray

Lint roller

Hat
Jeans
Muck boots
Rain coat & sweatshirt
Baggy shirt
to wear over your show gear
Ibuprofen, bandaids, athletic tape
 

 

 

 
 

 

Pro Tips

 


YOUR HORSE
 

WD-40 - Spray it on hooves to repel dust & dirt

Pledge - Great tail detangler, and quickly polishes tack, too!

Dryer sheets - Rub hind legs & tail for a static-free tail! 

Baby powder - Apply to (clean) white markings for an extra boost of chrome. It also repels dust in the ring!

Rags - More than you think. More than that

Alcohol - Spray on manure stains, rub off with rags, save yourself another trip to the wash rack

Extra spray bottles - Show sheen? Water? Bleach mixture? Spray bottles are endlessly helpful

Poultice & liniment - Exhausted & in need of an ice bath at the end of a show day? So is your horse

Peppermints - Keep the wrapper in your pocket for the jog or vet check, and you'll have a much more eager horse trotting next to you

 

YOU
 

Extra string & safety pins for your show number

Extra stirrup leather & emergency release rubber bands

Saddle cover - Keep it on while you warm up: clean saddle, warm bum

Tags & a Sharpie - Everything without your name on it will be claimed by someone else

Cooler with snacks - The food cart is going to feel impossibly far away after a tough ride

Frozen Gatorade & water -Save yourself a heat-stroke or three

Wet rags in the cooler - See above

Treats - For you, for your horse, for making friends!

Sunscreen - Bring it, and it'll probably rain. But if you don't, your horse's snip will be burnt a tomato red hue and you'll have a very strange helmet tan

Moleskin - Strange name. Savior of ankles & calves everywhere

 

YOUR SANITY
 

Step ladder - You know what sucks? Running around the show grounds asking to borrow someone's step ladder at 4am

Headlamp - Whether you're braiding before dawn or searching for a bit in the depths of your trailer, a headlamp is this season's hottest accessory

Cooler blanket - Toss it over your tacked up horse to keep her muscles warm while you walk the course. Wrap yourself in it while wandering the show grounds to keep mud from flicking up onto your breeches

Extra buckets - Also more than that

Double sided snaps - Even if you don't use these -- which you will -- keep some around. These are horse show gold

Zip ties - Tie your broken reins to your bit. Tie your loose stirrup leather to the catch. Tie your broken bone back to your arm. Easy!

Duct tape - What a zip tie can't fix, duct tape will!

Enthusiastic teenager (or a patient friend) - Essential for removing tall boots w/o zippers, scratching or adding classes, horse-holding for last minute bathroom trips, and much, much more!

Cash - It's a horse show. No one will take credit cards

Trainer bribes - Chocolate? Smoothie? Beer? Do some reconnaissance. They'll appreciate it, and your early morning panic attack will be forgiven

Toilet Paper - When your choices are the back of a horse's stall or the fly-infested portable toilet

Lucky charm - They work
 

Good luck! ;)