In preparation for the competition season there are many things to
add to the check list so you are fully organised, with everything is in its
place, and you are prepared for all eventualities.
1.First Aid Kit.
It is important to get your first aid kit stocked up
ready for the lorry and buying your first aid essentials from a brand you can
trust will bring you peace of mind when it comes to treating your horse,
especially with Clean Sport in mind. Must haves are, Cotton Wool, Dressing,
Poultices, Self-adhesive elastic bandages, and scissors. An anti-bacterial wash
to clean wounds, plus a suitable wound cream, ideally containing MSM, Calendula
and Aloe Vera to soothe and protect.
essentials of Hoof pick, body brush, and a suitable brush for the tail.However, also a stain remover, for any stains
picked up during traveling, Chalk to touch up any white socks, Hoof oil or a
high gloss Hoof polish.Plus, remember
your high finish dazzle spray, spray for quarter marks, silky detangler for
tails, and any highlighting oils to complete the look.
You may have plaited pre journey, but always
have spare bands, thread and plaiting mousse to repair and tidy any stray hairs.
.A must for the summer months, but remember to
pick a legal spray approved by the HSE (will be detailed on the bottle). As
with all applications, don’t forget to patch test any products you haven’t used
5. Stud kit.
The British summer
can throw many different weathers and so ground conditions, so a good selection
so you can pick on the day.Use your
cotton wool soaked in Hoof oil to plug the holes once you take the studs out so
they remain clean, ready for next time.
6. Passport, Clean Sport feed log book, and affiliation cards.
All horses should travel with their passport,
and some show grounds and associations will demand to see them on arrival /
declaration.Your NAF Feed Log book
should accompany your passport so that it can be reviewed by any governing
body, if you are selected to be tested.
7. Emergency numbers.
only do you need the recovery number in the event of a break down or blown
tyre, but if you are traveling on your own it is worth detailing an emergency
contact number easy to find, in case the worst happens.Top Tip.Take a small white board and detail your mobile number, and emergency
contact and leave by the lorry or trailer.In the event of your horse getting upset or loose whilst you are
checking in, someone can alert you to return.
8.Buckets, sponges, sweat scraper and washes.
Always have a couple
of buckets on board, for washidown and a drinking water bucket.Fill your horses water bucket on arrival and
leave out as horses prefer tepid water, so he will be encouraged to drink. Non rinse washes are a great way to clean off
after the class, leaving your horse refreshed, and sweat free.
9.Cooling clay or gel.
If the ground is hard, or the going tough, a
cooling gel or clay applied to clean legs is great for tired legs.
Unfortunately, horses are known to break
things.... a spare head collar and rope, is a must, and if you have extra
stirrup leathers, girth and bridle it is worth taking them along.
11.Whips, spurs, cross country bib and bridle numbers.
some affiliations detail the length of the spur or whip that you are permitted
to use, so worth checking the applicable rule book.Juniors and mountain and moorland ponies, in
some classes are not permitted spurs, so double check.
British Dressage now require a bridle number
for both sides of the bridle, and in some championship classes a schooling whip
is not allowed.
You may have put the picnic in the truck, but
remember some pennies as you may deserve an ice cream, or want to buy that
photo of you and your horse in action.
All you need to remember now is, both your outfits for the competition and for the trip home, have fun.