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JUNE/JULY 2013 Miniature Horse World 67 Packing list for the horse show The items that you take will depend on the type of showing you do, and the sort of classes you enter. Below you’ll find lists, arranged in categories--grooming supplies, first aid kit, and equipment for the horse, equipment for the exhibitor, etc. Essential Paperwork Depending on where you live, you’ll need to provide various bits of paper to the show management to be eligible to enter in the show. Check with show management before leaving home, to make sure you’re prepared. q Proof of Negative Coggins -- In the US, all show entries are required to show proof of negative coggins. In some cases it must be sent in with your entry, but take it along with you in case they need to see it again. q Health papers and permits -- Check before you go to see what other health papers and permits are required and be prepared to present them to show management when asked. q Registration papers -- If you’re entering a breed show, you’ll need to show your horse’s registration papers to be eligible to enter. q Membership Card -- Depending on what sort of show you’re entering, you may need to provide proof of membership in an association in order to be able to enter. First Aid Kit While we all hope that our horse won’t be injured at a show, it’s prudent to keep a first aid kit on the trailer at all times, to deal with everything from a minor cut to an overheated horse. q Disinfectant q Gauze pads q Vetwrap, or other non-stick bandage q Blunt-ended scissors q Thermometer q Bute or other anti-inflammatory q Syringes q Electrolytes Grooming Kit Throughout the course of the show, where first impressions are very important, you’ll be sprucing up your horse each time you enter the ring. Keep up with these items (for that last minute ring side touchup) by storing them in a grooming bucket or tote bag with handles for ease in carrying. q Brushes and combs q Hoof pick q Roll of paper towels &/or rags for clean ups or between class touch ups q Hoof polish – black, clear and enhancer spray. q Cornstarch for making white socks sparkling white. Put this on before the hoof polish and remove any excess or you’ll end up with white powder everywhere. q Face oil -- can be used around muzzle and, with care, around the eyes to add definition. q Bathing items -- Carry your shampoo, conditioner, sponges, scraper and scrub brush in a small wash bucket for ease when you travel to the wash rack. q Show Sheen or other detangler. q Baby wipes -- can be used to remove specks of dust, clean your own hands etc. q Fly repellent spray q Clippers or razor – for clipping touch ups. Traveling Kit There are several items that should be packed and/or kept in the trailer when you transport your horse. (many of these can remain in the trailer for each haul) q Spare tire and jack. q Extra halter and lead-- in case yours breaks, is lost or stolen. q Hay net and hay q Feed for horse- carry in labeled baggies for convenience. q Treats q Buckets -- keep several on board as they can be used for giving feed and water, bathing and cooling down. q Traveling wraps or boots for the horse. q Fans or heat lamps and several sized extension cords q Tie wraps—for hanging fans, heat lamps and tying up electrical cords in your stalls. q Show sheet and tail protector if you use them. q Stall mats—for tack room flooring or for your horse’s stall. q Roll of duct tape – for emergency repairs. q Muck bucket and manure fork q Sharp knife q Scissors q Spray lubricant- WD40 Horse’s Tack What you take in terms of tack will depend on what classes you’re entering. q Halter and lead rope (take a spare in case something breaks) q Longeline q Show halter and lead q Harness and bridle -- Make sure that the bit you take with you is legal for the classes you are entering q Cart – double check that your padded seat is attached or is stowed away elsewhere. q Whip q Hole punch and awl for making repairs if necessary q Blanket/Cooler/Slinky q Furniture spray and chrome polish for cleaning your cart Exhibitor’s Kit What you take in terms of kit for yourself will depend on what classes you are entering. Your list should include each individual item, instead of “show clothes” to ensure that no little thing gets left behind. q Boots - don’t take a brand new pair to a show. Break them in first, or you could be in a great deal of pain at the end of the day. q Pants or jeans—bring additional pairs, accidents happen when you least expect it…with hoof black and mud! q Shirt/slinky or jacket-- depending on what type of classes you’re entering. q Decorative jewelry—earrings, pin, hair accessories. q Driving attire—jacket, dress, lap robe. q Hat – for showmanship or driving classes q Small sewing kit and spare buttons for making repairs if necessary. q Safety pins for attaching numbers etc. Be prepared for anything! Have fun! And Go Show!


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