Buckets Flat back buckets are easy to find and you can never seem to have enough of them! Various sizes offer smaller versions to use as a feed bucket with the 5 gallon size available for water. This usually means fewer trips to the water faucet, unless your horse is a bit messy with his hay. Ways to hang your buckets include straps or a length of chain. But never use wire, string or a length of anything that your horse could paw at, and get his leg hung up in. One suggestion is to use a length of plastic chain, to hang your buckets. It’s lighter weight and less expensive than steel chain, it’s easier to cut and adjust to various lengths and can be purchased at home improvements stores by the foot. But be aware of trigger snaps, they can hook your horse’s nostril and do extensive damage; use a c-fastener instead) JUNE/JULY 2013 Miniature Horse World 65 Pack To Show Whether you’re new to showing or a seasoned showman, everyone can use some timely tips when it comes to packing and getting ready for a show. Here are some organizing, helpful ways to get you and your equipment and your horse to the show with all your paraphernalia intact. Hangers, Hooks and Storage Totes There are countless options for organizing your show equipment once you arrive at the show. For your tack stall, use portable hooks and hangers to keep equipment up off the floor. Rolling racks are great to store all your grooming items in one place, and will prevent a few less trips back and forth from the trailer. Tackle boxes or small storage boxes are perfect for keeping up with the countless small items you’ll need. Store your organizing equipment and your other gear in clear, plastic, stackable totes for ease in carrying to and from the trailer and then stow away your horse’s clothing (blankets and slinkies) in them once they are emptied. Sturdy ones make great footstools! Label the outside for ease in identifying the contents of each tote. Duck tape is perfect for this chore and can be bought in your favorite color or pattern. Tip: Select a barn color before purchasing your equipment. Then match your blankets, halters, buckets and all other horse equipment to give your stalls at the show a uniform and custom look! Tip: Wrap the handle ends of the bucket with duct tape before hanging in the stall. Manes or tails can become tangled in the loop end if they are not covered.
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