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First time horse show "mom"- need suggestions

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  • First time horse show "mom"- need suggestions

    This weekend the barn I ride at is going to a horse show. We're all adults so no one has a real horse show mom. I volunteered to go and help being "mom" as I'm not quite ready for prime time yet.

    I'm planning on bringing some nuts, some power bars, diet Vitamin Water, water, a couple of light whites, some diet coke and I'm ready to be on my feet all day.

    Any suggestions, advice, what do I need to bring, etc.

  • #2
    chocolate, vodka, OJ

    Originally Posted by JSwan
    I love feral children. They taste like chicken.


    • #3
      Sunblock, Aleve, clean towels, H2O... adult beverages for afterward...
      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


      • #4
        Chairs, chocolate, cooler with ice...
        A proud friend of bar.ka.


        • #5
          And I'll 3rd the adult beverages for afterwards! There's nothing better than sitting around after a day of showing, laughing & talking about the goofy things (& sometimes great things) that you've done during the show day with that bevarage in hand!
          Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!


          • #6
            Cooler with ice, even if it's small, handi wipes, female supplies

            A small garbage bag or two. It seems I always have use for a garbage bag.

            Umbrella. If you don't bring rain gear, it will rain. Don't jinx it.
            Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


            • #7

              How nice of you to bring all that stuff! Will you come be my mom?


              • #8
                Spare set of reins, crop, girth - because chances are good someone may need them.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by iechris View Post
                  Any suggestions, advice, what do I need to bring, etc.
                  A sense of humor .
                  Auventera Two:Some women would eat their own offspring if they had some dipping sauce.
                  Serious Leigh: it sounds like her drama llama should be an old schoolmaster by now.


                  • #10
                    A golf towel to snap to your belt loop: for last minute boot wipe & horse boogies. Safety pins/travel sewing kit (you just never know)
                    Crayola posse~ orange yellow, official pilot
                    Proud owner of "High Flight" & "Shorty"


                    • #11
                      A TON of praise and support, too!


                      • #12
                        More Diet Coke, more adult beverages, WET WIPES (for hands, boots, hooves, tack), more sunblock, hairnets, bobby pins, hair gel (useful for both horse and human hair), rubber bands, PAINKILLERS, more Diet Coke.
                        "Go on, Bill — this is no place for a pony."


                        • #13
                          Extra hair nets, extra gloves, extra halter/ lead rope/ reins/ girth, double end staps (just in case), something caffeinated, lots of water, cooler with ice, snack type foods ie watermelon and chips, towels!

                          And don't forget a grooming box and tack cleaning supplies! These always are invariably forgotten...
                          Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse



                          • #14
                            I have been "Show Mom" for my barn for about the last five years. Here's my routine (and yes, I know it's extreme!)
                            We always haul in the afternoon before the show: I make sure stalls are set up (shavings, water and feed buckets), that all horses have water and hay and help with schooling, as in play "jump crew" when needed.

                            I am the first one at the barn on show day. I make sure all ponies have water and hay. At the appointed time, I dump feed. My opinion is that my trainer has horses to show, riders to school, etc., and should not have to worry about feeding and watering horses.

                            I cook breakfast (electric griddle and electric frying pan). We have fresh brewed coffee, scrambled eggs w/cheese and hash browns or home fries and sausage. I also have fruit, bananas and apples.

                            Rider Aid: i.e. Mimosas

                            While breakfast is cooking, I make sure that all of the horses that go first are unwrapped, groomed, etc. I help the rider if needed. I make sure my trainers first horse has wraps pulled, groomed, feet picked etc.

                            Make sure everybody has their number; jumpers are pinned to pads.

                            I nag everybody until they eat!!!!!

                            Show Bag: contains treat for ponies, water etc. for riders, hoof pick, soft brush, rags (at least 2 - bar towels are great!))[in summer there is a bag with ice cubes and a rag]; wipes; crop in back pocket if needed, at least 2 more rags hooked through belt loops of pants. These come in handy if the others get used or you need one to put over a jump.

                            Keep an eye on rings - example: If we have riders in jumpers and kids in cross rails, they may conflict. Cross rail ring will need to know that trainer has not abandoned kids, will be there.

                            On a break, make sure stalls are picked and all horses have water and hay.

                            Be prepared to walk (I once did 5 miles at a local show).

                            While the riders are in charge of their own horses, I do take care of my trainers horses, especially if she gets off and heads to another ring to coach another rider.

                            Adult beverages for the end of the day. This is essential!

                            Be supportive - even when.......

                            Have fun, prepare to be exhausted and foot sore, but know that you helped your barn have a successful day!
                            And nothing bad happened!


                            • #15
                              Neglected to add - big cooler with lots of ice and drinks.
                              And nothing bad happened!


                              • #16
                                everyone keeps saying diet drinks, but to be honest, if its really hot and the riders are working hard; you will need that sugar. Being a groom I cannot count how many times I have felt my bloodsugar drop, and it drops fast.
                                I second: pins, safety and bobby, rubber bands towels, and will add; veggie tray or any type of finger foods that you would not mind eating with slightly dirty hands. WET WIPES, sunscreen (the spray kind), more towels, folding chairs, some type of table, even if its a bale of hay. Have fun!


                                • #17
                                  "girl" products... stress and excitement can bring along "aunt flo".. learned that the hard way. And it's not fun to have to go around asking for those lol.. (well wasnt fun when i was 13.. now i probably wouldn't be as embarrassed).. Pen and notebook... just in case someone needs a number written down, etc. Tylenol. Aloe Gel in case anyone gets a touch of sunburn. Wipes for glasses or saline (contacts) if anyone has glasses or contacts is a nice touch.


                                  • #18
                                    And a camera.

                                    moms take a lot of pictures, and many adult riders don't have many candid photos of them with their horses b/c nobody is taking them


                                    • #19
                                      Chocolate is yummy but not such a good idea if the weather is warm. You want to be able to hand a quick snack to a rider who is mounted and waiting....and waiting....and waiting to go. Nothing too sticky or gooey. Small candies like Smarties are great for an instant sugar fix.

                                      If you have 5 people, always bring food for 8 and drinks for 10. Trust me on this.

                                      Peanut butter crackers are easy and keep well.

                                      Camera would be awesome.

                                      Rags, a spray bottle of Leather New, a spray bottle of Show Sheen, a spray bottle of Cowboy Magic, a spare show crop. Hair net. Bobby pins. Safety pins for "wardrobe failures".
                                      Incredible Invisible


                                      • #20
                                        Lots of great comments already! I'd add that your trainer will greatly appreciate if you make sure everyone is wearing their number when they head to the ring and try to help keep track of schedules at various rings when she/he can't be everywhere at once.

                                        How nice of you!
                                        Dappled Grey

                                        When you count your blessings, count your horse twice.