10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know You Needed For Show Season

by Lizzie Lengling February 26, 2021 4 min read

10 Surprising Things You Didn't Know You Needed For Show Season

Horse show season is fast approaching so it’s time to start thinking about everything you’re going to need for the year. We all have our standard packing lists that include the normal gear we all have to bring, but there are a lot of small things that you may never have thought of before. They aren’t going to make or break your show experience but I guarantee some of them will make your life 10x easier and you’ll be cursing yourself you haven't been bringing them sooner! Read on for our Top 10 items you didn’t know you needed for show season!

 

1. Expandable Hose

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten through a long day of showing only to discover that there are no hoses in the washracks and that happens to be the one item I didn’t neurotically pack. The last thing I want to do most days is dump endless buckets of water on my horse. Having a designated “horse show hose” that lives in your trailer is a great way to never forget one again.

 

I’m obsessed with myGardgaurd 50ft Expandable Garden Hose I got off Amazon because it takes up barely any space in your trailer and even comes with a super handy storage case.



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2. Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a must to keep in my show trunk! That way I can feel less like a creature from the black lagoon after I rip off my helmet. Just spray a bit here and there at your scalp to absorb some of the oil and sweat and I swear you will feel like a new person. No more being embarrassed about your horse show hair as you head out to dinner for the night.

My go-to is the Batiste Dry Shampoo. Specifically, in the Clean and Light scent, it smells heavenly without being too overpowering. Big shoutout to my bestie Megan for turning me on to this stuff, now I can’t live without it.
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3. Utility Trunks

Speaking of show trunks, I’m a sucker for a classic wood one, but Husky and Stanley make two options that are low-key SO convenient for showing, that if you try one, you may never go back to a traditional trunk again.

 

 

The Husky 37” Rolling Utility Cart gives you the essence of a traditional trunk, but all the extra benefits of wheels and a handle to lug it around with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A less bulky option and my favorite for holding chemicals along with all

your bits and bobs is the Stanley 4-in-1 Cantilever Mobile Tool BoxThe design is slightly genius and takes up hardly any space in your setup and is so easy to maneuver around.

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4. Chalk or Baby Powder

This one goes out to all the grey owners! You may have never thought of it before but chalk or baby powder can transform your grey horse. Sometimes no matter how much you scrub, you can not get those white legs to sparkle. Slap a baby powder on those boys and you’ll be amazed at the transformation.

5. Extra Phone Charger

Another lifesaver to keep in your trunk is an extra phone charger or battery pack. I don’t know about you, but when my phone starts to get low on power it gives me unnecessary anxiety, and that is def not something I want more of at a horse show. The actual showing gives me plenty of anxiety on its thank you very much! An extra-long 10” version is handy because you never know what the outlet situation will be like at the showgrounds

 

6. Black Duct Tape

Black duct tape may seem like a random choice for this list but… there is no worse panic than being in the warm-up ring and feeling your tall boot zipper pop straight open midway up your calf. You’re only a few trips out with no time to do anything. I’m telling ya, a little bit of slightly unsightly black duct tape is the lifesaver you never know you’ll need until it's too late. It’s a super handy bandaid for last-minute fixes.

7. Ringside Backpack

If you spend a lot of horse shows either running around as a rider or groom, then a ringside backpack is almost a necessity. Keep all your essentials handy in one place so you never have to worry about forgetting anything

back at the barns again. I’ve got the old school Grand Prix Backpack but the new Samshield Iconpack is as gorgeous as it is handy.

 

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8. Gatorade

I am notorious for forgetting to drink water at horse shows sometimes if I’m too busy or nervous. Which leads me to get dehydrated and then the migraines set in. So having some Gatorade on hand is not only good for me but also your pony! The powdered form is super easy to just toss in


to your horse’s water to help replenish their electrolytes. The far superior flavor of Gatorade is Lemon Lime… just sayin’.

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.9. Zip Ties

The most versatile piece of equipment to keep handy in your trunk is some zip ties. No bucket snaps?- Zip tie. Gotta hang a banner? - Zip tie. You name it, a zip tie can probably do it!

 

10. All The Treats

And last but not least, never forget a copious amount of treats and cookies (human and horse)! Nothing is better than a tasty snack after a great round, plus a peppermint wrapper is a necessity to get cute pictures of your pony!

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If you have any great items that you have to have at horse shows, let me know in the comments!


1 Response

Kym
Kym

March 03, 2021

I just love your informational postings! I always learn something. The dry shampoo suggestion in this post is a new one for me. I will be adding it to my tack trunk ASAP. Thanks!

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