Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Somewhere in Wisconsin
LOVE what oh vair oh, said! DO have a routine because it's so easy for you to get to a show and have your horse forget mostly everything, even you because of all the excitement. Especially when they're young. Love her last saying, the show IS the test for both of you.
When you pack the truck / trailer triple check it, make more than one list and check it again. I'm horrible when it comes to packing I tell myself I won't forget something I set it somewhere where I shouldn't then I forget it anyways. Last time, his bridle but had packed an extra! Have spare pieces of tack as well that could break. I keep a whole extra set in the trailer just in case.
First aid kit as others mentioned, sometimes there isn't a show vet, sometimes stuff just happens. If you don't have one, they're relatively inexpensive to make. We got an AWESOME tool box / chest from fleet farm. $25 bucks and it's indestructible. I love it and it goes everywhere my horses are no matter what.
Relax, breathe and enjoy the show! That's when you do well, you have to be calm. (:
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