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post #1 of 20 Old 05-01-2011, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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What's your typical horse show schedule?

Just tell me how you prepare up until you step into the ring for your first class. I really wanna hear, mainly because I've gotta make sure I'm not missing anything for show season this year :) You can include the classes you do as well :)

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post #2 of 20 Old 05-04-2011, 03:51 PM
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I just started showing last summer and I pretty much have the routine down =] Best thing to remember is THE HORSES COME FIRST! :]

-I personally say a prayer the night before, just for safety in the coming day and such ;]
-arrive at showgrounds
-unload horses
-walk said horses around the show grounds regardless to whether or not they've been there before
-tie horses to trailer/put in stall and retrieve water and hang hay nets
-take turns running up to announcers booth to get show packets and numbers
-groom horses/tack up
-warmup
-wait for classes
-walk into show ring with a smile =] remember you are being judged from the moment you walk in the ring so look happy =]

Well that's my two cents. I normally compete in schooling shows, 4-h shows or dressage shows but I hope to try my hand at eventing this fall.

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post #3 of 20 Old 05-04-2011, 04:02 PM
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Bath horse night before the show.
Load tack etc on to lorry night before
Get up early in the morning, rebath the filthy creature.
Plait him up.
Chalk his legs
Bandage up,
Rug up
Load onto lorry
Travel to show.

At the show itself:
Drop ramp to allow air to flow through lorry.
Go and collect number if nessecary, find out where rings are, where warm ups are and where the loos and burger van is.
Return to lorry, strip rug off Reeco
Groom him to within an inch of his life.
Apply make up and show shine.
Get changed, put spare pair of trousers over the top of jods.
Put bridle on him (and saddle if its ridden class)
Unload and hand pony to mummy.
Take travel boots off, brush off legs, apply hoof oil.
Put bandages on to warm up in (and keep legs clean during warm up)
mount up,
Work in
Return to box, spruce up neddy. Remove bandages, Remove over trousers
Re mount and slowly work our way to the ring.

Mount up,

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post #4 of 20 Old 05-04-2011, 04:31 PM
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Let's see.

I get everything I can together about a week in advance.

Day before:
Put all my crap in the trailer
Last ride before show
Invite horsey friends over to help bathe 1,500lb beasts
Walk 'til dry, then stall with hay
Braid whoever needs braided
Feed later that night

Morning of:
I usually wake up around 5:30 on show days
Put on breeches under sweats
Go out to barn, feed the horses who aren't coming
Bring horses who are coming up to the house, wash off their legs if they got muddy on the way from the barn, towel dry legs
Put on trailering boots
Load horses, feed in trailer, drive off!

At the Show:
Walk horses out, let graze a little, let them get used to their surroundings
Tie them to trailer, leave mum with horses while I go register for classes and get my numbers
Take sweats off, put on helmet and show shirt with a thin jacket on top
Tack up first horse of the day, groom, magic sheen on, hoof polish on, walk to warm-up arena and warm up until my first class
Between classes, I unmount and take my horse to the trailer for water for both of us

I usually enter hunter flat classes with Molly, gaited and fun classes with Arthur, Western Pleasure classes with Lenox, and hunter o/f classes with Excel.

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post #5 of 20 Old 05-08-2011, 05:06 PM
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Ok well I had a show today. It all depends what classes you have, how close they are, ect. But, here is a my basic schedule.
The day before:
Clean saddle
Clean horse real good
Practice
Clean Bridle
Put everything in trailer

At the show:
I unload my horse as soon as possible. I put my horse next to the trailer, tie her, let her eat hay, Important: NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER let your horse graze. A horse with a disease could have sneezed on that ground and your horse eats it. Guess what, go home and having your horse sick is not fun!
Then I tack up my horse or just put the bridle on. Basically I just do that throughout the day.
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Um, sorry for butting in, but how do you change at a show?? Like... do you go in the trailer to put your shirt on? And where are the bathrooms?
And to water your horse I doubt one lugs a gallon of water with them, so do they have hoses laying around to fill buckets with water or something? Sorry I never went to a show and am very curious.

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Sometimes if you show at a riding club that has a building for like stuff LOL then they have indoor bathrooms but I change in the trailer :P LOL. We do actually take water with us and usually they have a pipe usually but sometimes they run out :P. I mean you just bring water :P LOL
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Wow really? Hmm... how do you bring it?

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post #9 of 20 Old 05-08-2011, 08:34 PM
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Yep! As a matter of a fact, I had a show today! We brought it in like a gas thingy. LOL
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post #10 of 20 Old 05-09-2011, 03:22 AM
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Important: NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER let your horse graze. A horse with a disease could have sneezed on that ground and your horse eats it.
This is incredibly rare and extremely unlikely, perticularly on show grounds where horses have not been grazing in the last 2 weeks.
I've always let my ponys graze as it makes the day pleasent for them and in over 20 years of showing up and down the country I've never had any disease brought back and I've never known anyone else catch anything either. I wont let them say hello to strage horses or share a water trough but grazing is fine.

You are far more likely to pick up something by stroking strange horses, by bringing new horses onto the yard without isolation and by touching anything at a market.

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Um, sorry for butting in, but how do you change at a show?? Like... do you go in the trailer to put your shirt on? And where are the bathrooms?
And to water your horse I doubt one lugs a gallon of water with them, so do they have hoses laying around to fill buckets with water or something? Sorry I never went to a show and am very curious.
I change in the living quaters of my lorry. before I had a lorry I changed in the trailer, I've never been to a show that had changing areas (mostly you are lucky if they have porta loos and if they do then you are extremely lucky if they are useable).

I carry enough water with me for the entire day and an emergancy overnight stay. I've got 2 25 litre water containers (converting that means I carry 11 imperial Gallons or 13.2 US gallons of water) which I take with me everywhere

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