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Whats in your Show Tack truck And At Home Tack Trunk

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  • Whats in your Show Tack truck And At Home Tack Trunk

    I am leaving for Kentucky in 3 weeks and I am trying to seperate the every day stuff into one and have one with show stuff. What sorts of summer stuff do I need to have?

  • #2
    I don't mean to sound snarky (but it IS Monday morning). Think logically. What do you use everyday? Is this your first time showing away from home, in Kentucky nonetheless (one of my favorite horse shows when I was working in the mid-west in the 90's) If not, I imagine you already know what you need. If not, do a search on here. There have been numerous threads on this topic.


    • #3
      To be honest, my show tack trunk doesn't look much different then my at-home trunk (besides the fact that it is literally the same trunk ).

      I keep one rubber-made trunk packed at all times with show items I don't use at home (scrim sheet, rain sheet, show cooler, poultice and paper bags, hoof packing, stud kit, blanket rack, show brushes, show boots, jumper pads and other items). I have a printed list of items in the trunk taped on the lid. So I just throw that in the trailer!

      My wooden tack trunk simply gets stuff added to it from my tack locker. I keep bathing bucket, tacking cleaning supplies, boot polish, schooling boots, polos, crop, baby pads, treats and mints , fly spray, and other miscellaneous spray bottles and hoof oils in my trunk at all times outside my horses stall (I have a plastic container type thing at bottom of trunk to keep all spillable items and bathing stuff separate from polos and pads. Then also have a tray for smaller items). Prior to the show I simply migrate my bridles (cleaned and wrapped!), medical kit (full of ointments, ulcer guard, bute, etc.), girth, and helmet. I double check all the necessary spray bottles, shampoos, linament, and other items are completely full, all my baby pads are freshly clean, and all my tack is clean (which it's cleaned every day). I might bring a long a few of my extra bits, extra halter, or other spare items I keep in a "junk drawer" in my locker. Oh, and a copy of my horses coggins and my USEF cards are put in the tray of my trunk. My saddle goes in the trailer or with me.

      My packing takes approximately 15 minutes (should take more like 5 but I'm OCD) and everything is labeled (in case my horse is on full care at the show while I'm not there) AND easy to get to EVERY DAY when I'm at home. It helps to be organized at all times (especially when you're a working college student who sometimes has to cut the barn trips shorter than desired!).

      As for summer stuff, I would bring a scrim sheet, green rubbing alcohol (diluted in a spray bottle is a good cool down!), vinegar (diluted in water makes a good rinse after a bath. It strips extra soap and acts as fly repellent.), extra sponges (vinegar rinse tends to tear them apart), FLY SPRAY, electrolytes, sunscreen and a hat for yourself....Those are the extra "out-of-the-box" things (sort of) I could think of
      There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the
      inside of a man.

      -Sir Winston Churchill


      • #4
        I keep the stuff that I need everyday in my show trunk and all rest in my car, truck or trailer. Anything you might need when the shops are closed and no one is around from whom you may borrow something (first aid care, clean wraps, instant ice packs….) I would not be able to fit everything I need in my show trunk. If you are traveling with a barn and have grooms, don't waste space duplicating what their service provides.

        As I meet my trainer at shows I have learned to pack an extra weeks worth of feed just in case i decide to stay for an extra week .

        Have fun in KY.


        • #5
          I'm so neurotic that I love to read about packing - horsey and otherwise - I wish there were a "Real Simple" for equestrians, that had those great diagrams of how to organize your stuff. Maybe I should start one!


          • #6
            My show box generally has just my show gear.... so show helmet, bridles, saddle pads, brushes, horse boots, coolers, baker sheet, scrim. Then I have separate containers for my bathing stuff, half chaps, schooling bridles, electrical cords, bungees, etc. I try and limit what goes into my box to be as show specific as possible so I can just add some quick stuff to it and it's ready to go. The other stuff gets packed up as needed. I also like to put stuff that needs to be locked up into my box so i can padlock it. My saddle and bridles generally go to the hotel with me at night so I can clean and don't have to worry about theft.


            • #7
              My show trunk has all my horse's "show clothes" (dress cooler, scrim, rainsheet), show and schooling saddle pads, towels, poultice and brown paper, a groom kit for ringside, plus all those little thing that you always need--an extra set of spurs and straps, ear fuzzies, scissors, a jacknife, half a dozen double-end snaps, a couple extra number strings, Tums or breathmints, a bottle of Aleve (yeah, I'm over 40), an extra halter and lead shank in case Mr. Precious breaks his, and a few bits in case he is obnoxious (likely) or soft (most unlikely).

              I don't keep leather (like extra gloves or a bridle) in there because it sits closed in between shows and I don't want it to mold. I clean out the trunk and repack it after every show so that it's ready to go.

              Oh, and I always stick a laundry bag in there so I can put sweaty pads and dirty groom towels in the bag and not back in the box to fester.
              Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.