I love essentials photo shoots – the pictures people take of the items they have in their desk or their purse, items they can’t do without. If you Google image search “Essentials photos” you’ll see what I mean.
I wanted to take an essentials photo of my tack trunk for the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. However, quickly realized that if I unpacked the beast, I would need a wide angle lens and a ladder to fit everyone in one photo. I do like to know what people bring with them to a week-long equestrian event. I’ll list what I brought along, and I’d love to hear what items you’d add or subtract. Here we go:
I’ve never taken my horse Mojito to a week-long jumping competition before, so I really didn’t know what to expect for soundness. I consulted my vet and my coach for some key horse care items and then packed a a few “just in case” extras.
I poulticed Moe’s legs on the third and fifth night of the show, but it was more for my peace of mind than for his well being. The poultice was still damp when I removed it the following morning – a sign that there was very little heat and inflammation in Moe’s legs. I did give my horse quite a few sponge baths with a 3-in-1 Liniment brace to prevent muscle soreness.
- Super glue
- Latex gloves
- Bandaids and antibacterial wipes for humans
- Hoof conditioner
- Eye wash spray for horses
- Wound treatment salve
- Dry thrush treatment
- Vet wrap
- Surgical tape
- Hoof packing
- Extra hoof pick
- Neoprene and ceramic hock wraps
- Standing bandages and quilts
The Royal Manitoba Winter Fair is a gold-level show, and it’s the most prestigious horse show in Manitoba. I brought everything I needed to make my horse to shine in the hunter ring. My mane tamer malfunctioned at the show and began sliding down over my horse’s eyes, so I ended up braiding every morning before my classes. It was a real pain in the butt, but there’s nothing quite so satisfying as walking into the show ring with a mane full of fresh hunter plaits. And Moe loved getting his braids out at the end of the day.
- Anti-itch conditioner
- Body sponge
- Water scraper
- Show sheen
- Braiding spray
- Waxed braiding thread
- Braiding kit for hunter plaits
- Lycra mane tamer
- Plenty of brushes and combs
I used almost all the tack and equipment I brought, with the exception of my Prince of Wales spurs, my standing martingale and my sheep skin half-pad.
- All purpose saddle pad for schooling
- Open front jumping boots for schooling
- Tom Thumb spurs
- Full cheek slow twist snaffle
- Loose ring hollow allow snaffle
- Jumping bat
- Wool cooler
- Corking kit
- Saddle, bridle and girth
Here are some obvious items and a few extras that make horse shows so much more comfortable:
- 2 buckets for water
- Bucket for feed
- Bucket for tack cleaning, liniment baths, etc.
- Rubberized stall chain
- Saddle rack
- Extra hooks for tack and equipment
- Saddle soap and conditioner
- Boot polishing kit
- Lawn chairs
- Duct tape
- Small sponges and clothes
- Extra hoof pick
- Extra scissors
- Page protector for your class schedule
Almost all of the above listed items fit in my 50 gallon tack trunk aside from of my saddle, saddle rack, lawn chairs and feed.
What do you think – am I a major pack rat, or are there other items you’d bring along?