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post #11 of 23 Old 06-02-2013, 11:41 PM
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Or do like Sarah does, just strip down and use some horse shampoo!
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post #12 of 23 Old 06-03-2013, 12:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Freemare View Post
Wow sounds like a crazy night some times. How do you guys deal with having a shower if there is no hotels near by or you dont have a LQ. I cant stand going to bed with mud and dirt on me.
Most of the places I show have restrooms with showers in them, so cleaning up isn't a problem. Otherwise, I have just cleaned up in a sink in the ladies room. Or, if you really need to strip down, take a bowl into the handicapped stall with you and do the "private parts". Obviously, not as good as a shower, but you can get pretty freshened up that way.

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post #13 of 23 Old 06-03-2013, 12:52 AM
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Most places that hold bigger overnight shows are fairground type places and I do believe most of them have shower facilities. I use a hotel because I don't like to camp & my hubby usually comes with me, he is not into hanging out at a show 24/7. Usually the showgrounds have camping areas as well, it's not a hardship at all I don't imagine.
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post #14 of 23 Old 06-03-2013, 05:23 PM
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I don't sleep very well away from home either. I usually need a night for sure, sometimes 2 to "settle in" before I can have any sort of decent sleep. We are usually tenting it, or sometimes we are lucky and can borrow the family's motorhome. I don't like taking sleeping pills or anything like that, so I usually just grab a few drinks with caffeine in them to keep me going during the day, and then catch back up on sleep once I get back home. If the show is close enough that I can drive back and forth, I do that instead. Definitely not ideal, but you do what you gotta do!

One week last year I was away for 6 days, doing a clinic and then a show, and I literally could not sleep for pretty much the whole week. It really sucked. By day 4 I'm not even sure how I was still a functioning member of society for my rides, but I managed.

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post #15 of 23 Old 06-03-2013, 05:52 PM
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Either in the living quarters of our horse trailer, a cot in the horse compartment, or the back seat of the truck. If you're tired enough, you'll sleep anywhere. Bring plenty of pillows and your favorite blanket.
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post #16 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 04:11 PM
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The last few shows I've been to I borrowed DH's minivan. The seats all fold flat to the floor, so I just spread out a couple layers of padding and a sleeping bag and I'm all set.

I just got my own truck so will most likely be hauling to future shows and will have to figure out a new sleeping arrangement- I'm thinking either in the back seat or the bed of the truck (it has a canopy).

I'm usually so exhausted by the end of the day at a horse show that it doesn't really matter
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post #17 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Freemare View Post
Wow sounds like a crazy night some times. How do you guys deal with having a shower if there is no hotels near by or you dont have a LQ. I cant stand going to bed with mud and dirt on me.
Cheap baby wipes!! Add a little extra water if needed!
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post #18 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 09:49 PM
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We sleep in swags rolled out in the back of the float (horse box/trailer) or in the back of my bosses horse truck.
I normally find that after all the running around I have done, I am tired enough to sleep anywhere. :)

Most places we go have showers (all with varying degrees of hot water), If my boss has the truck, then there is also a shower in his truck... if not then its a Pommie Wash with baby wipes and a bucket load of deodorant!
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post #19 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 10:10 PM
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In the tack stall, I use a hammock or sleeping bag. Don't do it very often though. Usually sleep in a hotel or horse trailer with LQ.

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post #20 of 23 Old 06-05-2013, 11:44 PM
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The night before I have to show I do not sleep good regardless if it is at home, a motel, or in the trailer or wherever. I usually take a half of an Advil PM and put in ear plugs! Depending on the event we might go bar hopping the night before(and after) so usually that takes care of the sleeping issue..LOL

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