Going to shows can be stressful, as there are many things to consider. You have to take into account loading time, driving time, tacking, warm up, checking in and so many other things. Also, horses don't always care about the schedule us humans create, which can create other bumps on the road.
However, we can make our own show experience easier and less stressful by preparing for the things that we can control. One of the best things you can do, is to prepare for grooming, tacking and little "oopsies."
show-groom's (and rider's) ring bag
One of the best weapons against "oopsies" is packing the perfect ring bag. No matter if you're a show groom or take care of your horse yourself, there are a few very important things you should always pack with you.
2. Hair spray
Hair spray gives the final touch for your hair and your horse's mane before starting your test or course.
Brushes are an essential, of course. You can give your horse a good finishing brush and make sure there are no sawdust bits in the horse's tail.
4. Mane c
Mane comb is important especially for hunters and showjumpers. Comb the mane quickly before entering the course.
5. Baby oil
Wiping a bit of baby oil on your horse's nose and around the eyes with your towel, you'll make your horse's eyes look bigger and prettier.
6. Extra numbers
The show numbers, that you attach on your horse's saddle pad or bridle, can easily get lost or break. Have some spare numbers with you.
7. Extra saddle pad
White saddle pads get dirty very easily. Have an extra one with you, just in case.
Prepare for shows the best way you can. There are things you can't control, like traffic, your horse's mood, but certain things are under your control. For instance, you can prepare for a dirty saddle pad, muddy legs or frizzy hair.