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    06-18-2012, 09:13 PM
I use my amazing checklist each time I have never left anything at home with it... I have 8 variations of it so it depends on what style of riding or classes you decide to do if you would like a copy of it just pm me because it is way to long to post on here... but checklists work the best and make sure to always pack the night before
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    06-18-2012, 11:02 PM
I am lucky, everything except my show clothes stays with my trainer. My clothes are well organized in 3 bags (garmet, boots, and hunt cap) so if I can't remember them please start nursing home shopping for me. Do make sure to pack a cooler and snacks as mentioned. An emergency hair kit with hair ties, pins, hairnets, and a small hairspray lives in my hunt cap carrier. I suggest a full change of clothes. Also extra comfy shoes is a must for me. Oh and you can check the weather a hundred times, but don't believe it if you're in a temperamental climate. Pack accordingly for yourself (sweatshirt/raincoat) and your horse if she usually wears clothes (sheet/sleazy). This all may just be the organizing OCD and overpacking abilities I have :). As far as traditions or superstitions, I like to have a number ending in 5. That's just a personal thing.
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    06-20-2012, 06:58 PM
I have a GREAT checklist, if you want to see it, I can post it.
The night before, I braid/band my horse's mane, I always bring Cheese Puffs. For some reason, Comet LOVES them.
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    06-20-2012, 07:09 PM
Janey, I'd love to see that checklist! :)
    06-20-2012, 07:16 PM
Everyone pretty much covered the horse prep stuff, now for the rider! I always pack my own lunch & snacks, since concessions usually cook up things I do not put in my body. I bring fruit, whole grains and several bottles of water, a few I freeze the night before & put it in my lunch cooler to keep stuff cold. By the end of the show, it's thawed & cold, yea, one last cold gulp before I load up. I always pack some clothes for after, as our group stops for chinese buffet afterwards, I don't wanna look too ragged.
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    06-21-2012, 12:27 AM
Oh, and ALWAYS double, triple, quadrouple check that you HAVE YOUR HEALTH PAPERS!!!!! Without them, not only can you not show, but a lot of arenas will physically kick you out untill you have them. Forgetting them is really bad news.... Make sure you are holding them in your hand when you get in the truck to leave.

Also, make up some pretty stall decorations :) Make a cute sign, buy some pretty streamers of different colors, and some tape for a cheap, yet pretty design. We do the whole thing with the sign, streamers, table, peppermint bowl, etc. but if you don't want to go to all that trouble, understandable ;) It's just fun to make it all pretty
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    06-21-2012, 12:54 AM
Always an extra saddle blanket or two. And cleaning gear for tack. Can't tell you how many time iv dropped my tack in something nasty or mud (only seems to happen to me). :/ oh and hairspray for the main and tail or if you wanna make cool patterns on your horses rump. :)
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    06-23-2012, 11:41 PM
I have some questions guys!

(I'm definitely going now, and it's in SEVEN DAYS! Not counting today).

My lease horse uses a white riser pad and black brush boots (front legs) every ride. Do I keep them on for showing? (Sorry if this is a dumb question but I want to be sure).

I'm getting my very first pair of tall boots tomorrow. Should I work on breaking them in? If so, how?

How do you lessen show nerves?

And a fun question...which color shirt should I get for a navy blue show coat?
    06-24-2012, 12:48 PM
Originally Posted by Cinder    
My lease horse uses a white riser pad and black brush boots (front legs) every ride. Do I keep them on for showing? (Sorry if this is a dumb question but I want to be sure).

I'm getting my very first pair of tall boots tomorrow. Should I work on breaking them in? If so, how?

And a fun question...which color shirt should I get for a navy blue show coat?
yes! The quality of the boot will determine break in. There are lots of "tricks" you can look up, but I think wearing them is the best personally. Just wear them around the house, stairs (weight in heels like riding), wear them to the barn and wear them the whole time. Remember that pain behind your knee is normal at first, and most field boots will drop about 1/2 an inch and to account for that.

For a shirt: you can never go wrong with white! It depends on the type of showing you're doing as far as "acceptable" colors. White and light pastels (blue, lavender, pink, mint, etc) are always safe and that's what I'd recommend for you to start with. Then you'll be safe for sure, and you can go to the show and see what others are wearing and go from there.

At some shows, mostly open and 4H you'll see bright colors (neon pink, teal, etc) but these are non traditional and not widely accepted.

Also at the open/QH/breed shows (non H/J) a lot of people are wearing black on black (coat/shirt), burgundy, grey, prints, etc. these are also non traditional, they are acceptable at these shows in the HUS type classes but white/traditional colors should be worn for eq.

If your coat has an underlying pattern, say navy with light blue windowpane, a light blue shirt will bring out the underlying color.

Also make sure to get a good pair of black leather gloves! YouTube hunter hair and cronofthehorse has an excellent hair video!

Have fun and enjoy your show!
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