I always bring an extra bridle for the mare (make sure it's clean) & an extra halter & leadropes for both mare & foal because you just never know. A grooming kit, show sheen, green spot remover (even for bays & chestnuts), towel, rubber bands, shampoo, a bucket & sponge just in case.
If you're just bringing horses, then EXTRA PEOPLE should be on your list. There is no such thing as too many helpers. You might need someone to hold the mare, someone to hold the foal, someone to hold the video camera, someone to hold the still camera, and a close friend to keep you from losing your mind/cool/paperwork. Oh, and maybe sedatives. For yourself. (The horses should NOT be sedated, hee hee).
Or am I the only one who gets wigged out at these things?
If you're hosting, my ever increasingly hysterical list includes things like arrange for coolers with sodas and waters, canopies, chairs and tables, pens (and clipboards, if ya got 'em) for filling out paperwork, arranging for professional photographer and semi-pro photog and maybe a talented amateur. Braider. Backup braider. Handler. Long-legged teenagers as assistant handlers. Convince friends to help. Convince GOOD friends to take a vacation day from work. Paint buildings on ranch. Paint outside of house. Paint arena fence so it will look pretty in background of pictures (convince boarders it is Super Fun to paint arena fence!). Arrange for farrier to bring forge for branding. Panic. (Actually, "panic" is not on the list, I figure I'll remember that one regardless!).
Leather cleaning wipes
Extra bridle & reins
Extra halters and lead ropes
Shampoo & conditioner
Braiding bands and tape
Mane & tail brushes, soft brush, hard brush, hoof pick
Lunge whip (for the "whipper")
I also get VERY stressed about Inspections.... I have Inspections tomorrow and Tuesday, and my stomach has been in knots all day.
Extra people are GREAT! I had two people helping me at a GOV Inspection earlier this year... it wasn't enough. I had two mares and foals, and stalls. We STILL could have used more hands. Somebody needs to video, take pictures, control mom, control baby, handle the whip, be on hand with brushes and coat polish right before they go into the ring, etc... the more people THE BETTER!!
Flashykatt, I'm very excited for the Inspection Tuesday, going to be lots of fun, but VERY stressful, and a very early morning for us! Can't wait
Thanks everyone. I found a few things I was forgetting. We are just bring ours to the Pepperwood inspection next Monday. It's been over 10 years since we have participated in an inspection so it almost seems like the first time again.LOL
My list is now....
Cleaned bridles (2)
Cleaned leather halter.
4 lead ropes
sleezy's for their manes
2 hay nets
Hay and feed
Charge video camera/camera batteries
Pack them LOL
water and feed buckets
muck bucket/pitch fork
baby powder for those white legs
3 other adults and a helpful teenager
Dressage_Diva333 I have been a nervous wreck!! I will feel better once everything has gone off with out a hitch...fingers crossed. Good luck at yours.
In all seriousness - bring a first aid kit - one for you, one for horsie.
Spare halter and lead.
Rubberbands for last minute touch up.
Spot remover if your horse has white.
Water, Gatorade, Ice chest. Folding Chairs. Comfy shoes.
Carrots or sugar or something to help calm horsie nerves.
Grooming supplies - all of 'em...