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What's in your show tote?

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  • What's in your show tote?

    A few months ago I bought one of those Ariat carry-alls to use as a show tote. Something for my mom to carry whatever I may need to the ring side. I've been to a couple shows since getting it, and I've only used it once. I carried my pony's fleece in it. I never seem to need anything once I'm already at the ring. Now it's become a purse.

    So, what do you carry in your show tote? What do you end up needing when you're there?

  • #2
    I actually use a duffel bag that I won a bunch of years ago - I just sling it over my back when I'm heading to the ring. I can fit a lot of stuff in there. I usually have:

    -All my different kinds of spurs (nubs, short ones, long ones, pizza cutters, rubber balls, and normal length ones)
    -A crop
    -Extra number strings
    -Extra hair ties
    -One of those "quick shine" boot shiners so that I can dust my boots off at the ring
    -2 towels
    -Pepto Bismol tablets, ibuprofen, Band-Aids, tampons, Neosporin, etc.
    -Water bottle (sometimes I remember to fill it...)

    That's usually all I carry on me. My mom has a backpack that has more stuff for Nikki in it - rubbing alcohol, hoof polish, etc. I don't usually need everything in there, but there have been times where it came in very handy!
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    • #3
      I have the same ariat bag but it the khaki color. I put spurs (if they are maybe needed), a few rags for boots and horse's face, leather wipes, water, hoof polish for after the warm up ring, and an extra stick if I'm using one. Also, hairnets and bobbypins in case I need to re-do my hair, and black electrical tape, which has come in handy many times years throughout the when a tall boot zipper breaks and you have to wrap it right before the class starts.


      • #4
        I have a jet pack. Yes, you read that correctly. My barn calls my Beval jumper backpack a jet pack. It has a lot of room in it and keeps things very organized.

        I usually have:
        -2 crops
        -2 pairs of gloves
        -A brush
        -Water or gatorade
        -Extra number strings
        -Sporty Haft spray
        -Urad boot polish and a latex glove (stains your hands)
        -Hair ties, bandaids, tampons, etc.


        • #5
          I generally use a wooden grooming box or backpack but I've noticed a lot of riders using duffel bags recently.

          bottle of water
          fly spray
          show sheen
          boot polish
          stiff brush
          hoof pick
          hoof oil
          ear plugs
          spare spurs
          stick tyte spray
          sugar cubes
          doda boots
          spare bridle with a stronger bit for some horses


          • #6
            I haven't shown in over a year and cannot even remember much of anything, but I know I always used lots of towels.

            Just wanted to say that I love your tote bag. It's so cute!


            • Original Poster

              Originally posted by Lou-Lou View Post
              Just wanted to say that I love your tote bag. It's so cute!
              Thanks! I love it too! I saw it a year a go but couldn't find it in any stores, when I went back to the store where I had seen it they told me they never sold them. I thought I was going crazy! When I eventually found it again, I bought it mainly just to prove to people that I'm not actually insane.

              Thanks for replying everyone! My mom and I discussed the fact that I need to be more organized at shows, so the lists have been giving me lots of ideas.


              • #8
                I also keep a hole punch in my bag for just in case a number breaks.


                • #9
                  anything and everything haha.. Lets See

                  Express boot polish
                  Hoof polish
                  Body Brush
                  Tail Brush
                  Hoof Pick
                  Money as in a couple of bucks
                  Camera and Video Camera
                  Water or Gatoraid
                  Bag of chips or animal crackers
                  Extra String
                  Tail Wrap in case the warm up ring is muddy
                  Hair spray for those flyaways
                  Bobby Pins
                  oh and more rags since those always grow legs and walk away


                  • #10
                    Baby Wipes
                    Murphys Oil Soap Wipes (amazing for tack and boots last minute)
                    Extra stick
                    Extra Spurs
                    Hairnets and bobbypins
                    Extra String
                    2 Water bottles
                    Hoof oil
                    Some form of snack for me that usually doubles as a horse treat!
                    Show program

                    And whatever else gets tossed in!


                    • #11
                      I have the same thing in green =)

                      I always keep:
                      sporty haft spray
                      hoof oil
                      rub rag
                      small stiff brush
                      water bottle
                      extra hairnets
                      extra spurs


                      • #12
                        Hmmm. let's see

                        hair nets
                        bobby pins
                        safety pins
                        the collar for whatever show shirt I'm wearing
                        three pairs of gloves
                        cloth diaper(s)
                        a little of this and a little of that
                        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                        • #13
                          the amount of stuff in my bag is directly proportional to how far we are from our stalls....
                          "are you yawning? You don't ride well enough to yawn...I can yawn, because I ride better than you, Meredith Michael Beerbaum can yawn, you, not so much..." George Morris in Camden, SC


                          • #14
                            I love my ariat bag. its my lifesaver at shows

                            -extra hairnets
                            -extra gloves
                            -boot polish
                            -boot rag
                            -horse rag (to wipe dirt/etc)
                            -hoof polish (not the fake looking kind)
                            -bobby pins
                            -roll of black vet wrap (a MUST in the bag. it can be a life saver when your boot zipper breaks during schooling!)
                            -extra number strings
                            -brushes for hose (mane/tail/body)
                            -shine spray just in case
                            True love is taking their pain away and making it yours
                            ~rest in peace momma (7/5/08)~
                            ~rest in peace thomas (6/2/11)~


                            • #15
                              In my show mom/groom bag I have:

                              -black duct tape
                              -fly spray
                              -nail puller
                              -rub rag
                              -finishing brush
                              -hoof oil
                              -tail brush
                              -baby wipes
                              -boot rag
                              -bottled water
                              -extra gloves
                              -emergency sewing kit
                              -hoof pick
                              -cereal/protein bars (or other non messy ringside snack)
                              Ridge Farm Inc.-full care retirement


                              • #16
                                Rags, but those are usually dangling from my darling groom's back pocket
                                Stiff brush
                                Spare spurs if there is a possibility of needing to swap
                                Show program
                                A 'quick shine' sponge for boot touch-ups.
                                Hoof pick
                                Water bottle
                                Fly spray
                                Times and traditions in the horse world shift and change, much of the old grandeur has been lost; But for one brief shining moment, there was a gigantic shocking pink d**** in the Hunterdon tack room.


                                • #17
                                  I have the same bag in dark red
                                  It's been so long since I've shown, I can't remember what I put in it, though. I kept 1 bag for me, and 1 bag for the horse, so that I didn't get hoof oil on the rag for my boots or my extra collar.
                                  Rebel Without Cash!


                                  • #18
                                    Our ring bag contains:
                                    Boot rag
                                    Rag for pony noses
                                    Towel for horse
                                    Hoof oil
                                    Soft brush
                                    Baby powder for white socks
                                    Jumping bat and spurs (if not already on rider)
                                    Fly spray
                                    Water bottle
                                    Granola bar
                                    Horse cookies, peppermints, carrots, or other forms of equine coercion
                                    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

                                    Amy's Stuff - Rustic chic and country linens and decor
                                    Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.


                                    • #19
                                      I usually have someone stashed with MY ring tote, and we usually have a barn grooming bucket also.

                                      Mine has:
                                      something to eat in case i forget and end up dizzy...

                                      lexol spray conditioner
                                      show sheen
                                      stiff brush
                                      rubbing alcohol
                                      hoof oil


                                      • #20
                                        I'm a pony dad and this is what I keep in my "man purse". I hate having to carry it and sometimes can get away without it in the winter(I use all my coat pockets, pants pockets etc.)

                                        Hoof pick
                                        Hoof polish
                                        body brush
                                        face brush (it helps calm our pony)
                                        fleece grooming mit
                                        Cowboy majic green spot remover (for our grey pony)
                                        treats for the pony
                                        bottle of water