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    07-28-2011, 10:58 PM
Four day show coming up...what to do differently?

Sooo I'm going to a four day "A" show soon. I have done plenty of one and two day shows [this is my fifth year] and I went to this show last year on a different horse but only went for two days. So what do I do differently? Obviously pack more food, shavings, etc. but what else? I have one day where I don't show either my second or my third day. I guess I should talk to my trainer about whether I should ride her that day or give her a rest. She's very high energy and would probably be better being worked at least lightly, but idk.

Sooooo yeah. Tips? I have a braider, and I know equipment wise what to pack for "looking pretty" and tack - like I said, 5 years of showing, first on this horse, but what else? Should I lightly bathe her halfway through the show? She'll definitely get hosed down every day, but you know what I meannnnn.
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    07-29-2011, 10:16 AM
Double whatever you bring to the 2 day shows.
    07-29-2011, 07:29 PM
Green Broke
What level of jumping will you be doing, and are you doing hunters or jumpers?

You might want to be giving her a linament bath everyday, and rub her hips, hocks, knees and shoulders, as well as wrapping her after she is done for the day...either a poultice wrap or again with liniment/witch hazel.

You might want to pack an extra saddle pad or two, so that you have a spare handy. You never know if it will rain or will be really hot, both of which could get a pad soaking wet. Plus a pad for the day that you aren't showing, in case you lightly work her, or go for a hack.

As for working her on the off day, that would be up to your trainer what you did, as it will also depend on if it is the second or third day. Not to mention, it might change from what s/he tells you now, to that particular day, depending on what the horse has done. A light flat schooling or a nice little hack might do wonders though to help her muscles from getting stiff though.
    07-29-2011, 07:37 PM
Alright! Thanks. =] I'm doing 2'6"/2'9" hunters/eq.
I have a cheapy Roma pad that I'll bring as an extra, and I normally do have a few baby pads or saddle pads in my trunk anyways. I like the liniment bath/massage idea too, I'll take that into account!

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