How to Pack for a Horse Show

When preparing for a competition it is important that you have everything. Here are the things you will need in order to be ready for your show .


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    Pack all of your tack the day before. In your tack you'll need;
    • A clean and polished Saddle or saddles
    • Stirrups that are thoroughly cleaned
    • Show, spare, and warm-up Saddle Pad
    • A Bridle with a clean bit & reins!
    • A Girth for each saddle in good repair with no frayed elastic or broken buckles!
    • Leathers in supple and good repair condition
    • Breastplate
    • Martingale (If you use one)
    • Cross-Country/Jumper Boots
    • Bell Boots
    • Crop
    • Dressage Whip
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    After you've packed up your tack, next you'll need to pack your grooming kit. Here's what to pack in your grooming kit;
    • Body Brush
    • Dandy Brush
    • Hoof Pick
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Detangler
    • Clippers
    • Cleaning Cloths
    • Braiding/Banding Rubber Bands
    • Mane & Tail Brush
    • Fly Spray
    • Sponge (and a spare or two, just in case)
    • Bucket
    • Yarn, comb, hook & scissors for braiding
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    After you've finished packing up your tack and grooming kit, you'll need to pack all of your stable, feed and shipping items. Here's what to pack;
    • Halter
    • Lead Rope (Make sure to bring an extra.)
    • Manure Fork or Shovel
    • Broom & Dustpan
    • First Aid Kit
    • Shavings
    • Hay
    • Grain (Pack your grain in a paper bag, duct-tape it shut, and label the bag properly.)
    • Show Cooler or Sheet
    • Leg Wraps
    • Shipping Boots
    • Tail Wrap
    • Nameplate for Stall
    • Saddle Rack
    • Bridle Holder
    • Hooks
    • Clothing Holder
    • Water
    • Hose
    • Buckets
    • Hay Net/Bag
    • Cooler with Ice and Drinks
    • Chairs
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    Now that you've packed your feed, stable, and shipping items, you'll want to make sure to pack the supplies you'll need for yourself in the show. Here's what to pack if you need
    • Show Jacket, in a moderate color
    • White, Long or short-Sleeve Shirt
    • Choker
    • Polo Shirt
    • Cross-Country Vest
    • Breeches, in a moderate color
    • Hunt Boots, in black or brown
    • Socks
    • Helmet
    • Gloves
    • Belt
    • Medical Armband
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    If you're packing "Special Dressage Clothing", you'll need to pack the following things;
    • Black Dressage Coat
    • White, Long-Sleeve Rat-catcher Shirt
    • White Gloves
    • White Full-Seat Breeches
    • Black Belt
    • Black Dress Boots
    • Black Helmet
    • Socks
    • White Stock Tie
    • Also don't forget warm-up and cleaning clothes so your show clothes don't get dirty.


  • Bring just-in-case supplies for you and your horse, such as sunscreen and bug repellent.
  • Bring extra money. If you forgot something, you can always use the extra money to buy it.
  • Bring a small bag for medical stuff such as PCAV card, an armband, and personal items.
  • Always check your show handbook to see if requirements have changed.
  • Bring muck boots for wearing around the grounds when you are not mounted.
  • Bring 'everything you'll need. Even if the event or show says they'll supply it, it's good to bring a back-up in case they don't supply it.
  • For the best marks, keep all your gear clean and stain-free.
  • Make sure to bring things you'll need if you're camping out or staying in a hotel.

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Categories: Horse Showing and Competition