Packing is not fun, whether it’s for a move, a vacation, camping or an event. There’s always that worry in the back of your mind, and sometimes the front of your mind, that you’ve forgotten something important. When it comes to preparing for your first horse event, the what to pack question can seem overwhelming. Fear that you’ll get to the event and have forgotten something important like, say, a bridle, is a real fear! Fortunately, your fellow event mates have been there, done that, and are full of helpful advice and the occasional loaner.
Preparing for your first horse event is stressful
Taking your horse to an event can be quite stressful for both you and your horse. You’ve got a lot on your mind, and you probably have a healthy dose of show nerves to deal with on top of everything else. How do you remember the seemingly endless necessary items? Lists. A combination of lists is your best bet. First break down the items you’ll want, such as medical items for you and your horse, grooming for you and your horse, equipment, stall gear, and whatever else you think you’ll need. The internet will provide a myriad of things you could potentially need.
You’ll probably not need everything the internet says you need; you’ll likely need two of things you’d think you’d need one of, but as you get a few events down under your belt, you’ll have a pretty good idea of what’s a bring and what’s a stay home. Until then, it’s best to rely on the advice of others, and what you use on a daily basis.
Make a list of must bring items
Once you have your list down pat, keep using it! Laminate it and hang a copy in your horse’s trailer or stash it in the tack trunk. You should also have a list in the house. The best part of having it laminated is you can use a dry erase pen to check off the items as they get packed or loaded. It’s a great thing when you’re halfway to the event, and you think “Did I remember a hoof pick?” and you can just look at your list and see it’s checked off.
You’ll probably find it easier to keep a second stash of things like first aid supplies specifically for events, because once you’re a veteran, you may find yourself helping out the newbie like you once were with that item they forgot.
One thing not to forget is a maintenance dose of omeprazole for your horse. Administer during the event and most importantly a couple of days before travelling. This will help calm the nerves and ensure your horse performs at their best level. Keep calm and ride to success with Abler.ome