Get ready for a one day horse show!

 

One-day shows and schooling shows are great! No need to stable overnight, good experience for your horse (and you), and often they save you some major dough. Spend some time planning for the best results at a one day horse show. 

 

Jump to shopping

 

Plan these things for a one day horse show:

 

Timelines.

 

  • Give yourself roughly double the time it takes you to get ready at home. You will have distractions, your horse will have distractions. You will be working out of your trailer (likely) so things won’t be in the usual spots.

 

  • Also, plan for traffic, parking troubles, and a line at the show office.

 

Braids.

 

  • I recommend that you braid or band your horse for all schooling and rated horse shows, clinics, exhibitions, and special events. The more you practice, the better you will be at braiding. Also, your horse will be acclimated to braiding, which will only help you in the future. If it takes 40 minutes to braid at home, it will be longer at a show. Promise.

 

  • Do you have the option to braid or band the night before a show? Yes! Just be warned that you may wake up to a rubbed-out mess. Rubbing braids also result in broken hair. I suggest doing a test run of your braids, then leaving his alone for a few supervised hours to see what happens. If you think he will make it through the night with his braids intact, I suggest covering them up with some sort of “horse underwear” so they are not poop stained and loaded with bedding or dirt.

 

You can find braiding tips here:

Braiding tips

Horse braiding tools

Dressage button braids

braids-black-horse
You can’t practice braiding enough.

 

Trailering.

 

  • I highly encourage every horse owner on the planet to know whether their horse loads. Show day is not the time to train this. So let’s assume your horse is a loading and trailering champ. A few thoughts on how to make his ride in the trailer safe and comfy:

 

  • Use leg protection, even for the shortest distances. I have seen a naked-legged horse deglove himself by slipping off a ramp while unloading.
 
  • Have bedding in the trailer on mats. Urine and manure will turn your bare trailer floor into an ice skating rink.
 
  • If your horse is a nervous nelly, trailer with a buddy. If that’s not possible, try hanging a shatterproof mirror so he can be his own buddy.
 
  • Provide munchies in the form of his regular hay. I suggest wetting it for the trailer ride to minimize dust and debris flying about.
 
  • Keep the trailer ventilated and use screens on the windows. Screens keep dirt, debris, rocks, asteroids, and other dangers out of your trailer.
 
  • For you – practice maneuvering the trailer around. Parking at shows is usually equivalent to winding through a mouse maze. In reverse.

 

 

horse-shipping-boots

Protect. Every single trailer ride.

 

 

At the show.

 

  • Bring a friend, spouse, a child, someone you have dirt on, or your barn buddy to help you if possible.

 

  • Know stabling options in advance – day stalls, or are your tying your horse to the trailer? This begs the question does your horse tie to the trailer and if so can you or your show buddy watch him all the livelong day?

 

  • Also have a plan for feeding breakfast, lunch, and dinner! If you use your trailer as a home base, hang a hay net high enough to prevent a hoof from getting caught. You can also use bailing twine to hang a flat-backed bucket.

 

Going home.

 

  • Do some care at the show before you pack up and go home. Bathe your horse if need be, clean the tack, and ice his legs and joints. This simulates a multi-day show and is great practice for you and your horse.

 

  • Wrap those legs up for the home trip.

 

At home.

 

  • Treats for everyone, including you.

 

  • Consider some more ice, a poultice, a liniment for sore muscles, and/or standing wraps to help your horse’s legs and body feel awesome the next day.

 

  • Unpack and you are done!

 

***Don’t forget to take your horse’s TPR before you leave home, before you leave the show, and after you get home! Many yucky icky viruses are spread when horses gather at a show and then scatter back home in all different directions.***

 

A few miscellaneous thoughts!

 

  • Pack food for you as well as your horse. Some smaller schooling shows and one-day events don’t have a food vendor.
 
  • Bring water from home if you think your horse may not want to drink “strange” water. This article also has loads of ideas on how to entice your horse to drink.
 
  • Even though it’s only a one day show, you can use the Ultimate Horse Show Packing List as a checklist for things to pack. Clearly, you won’t need everything on the list, but I’ll bet you didn’t think of a few of the items!
 
  • Bring a change of clothes for you if you like. I know I would rather wear jeans and a t-shirt than show breeches and a rat catcher.
 

Have fun, have lots of pictures taken, and send me your tips for having a great one day show!

 

 

 

go shopping button for horse products

 

Stock up here for your horse supplies! As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases, but it’s ZERO extra cents to you.  You can also visit my Amazon storefront here:  PEG storefront.

Shapley's Easy-Out No Rinse Shampoo 32 fl.oz
$16.23

Spot removing, deodorizing, dust busting, shine adding spray.

02/20/2024 12:33 am GMT
Shapley's Hi Shine Shampoo, 1-Gallon
$49.99

Other sizes, too! Adds shine with the most gentle formula.

02/20/2024 09:52 pm GMT
SHAPLEY'S Medi-Care Med Shampoo W/Tea Tree & Lemon Grass, 32 oz
$19.99

The best shampoo for shine and soothing.

02/20/2024 06:13 pm GMT
Shapley's No.1 Light Oil
$19.99 ($0.62 / Fl Oz)

For shine, conditioning, detangling, and stain protection.

02/19/2024 09:38 am GMT
Rubber Latex Waterproof Dishwashing Gloves, 2 Pair Medium Long Cuff
$9.99 ($5.00 / Count)

It's fashion and function

02/19/2024 08:58 am GMT
Shapley’s 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo - Whitening Formula
$22.45

For all colors - to add shine and help lift stains.

02/20/2024 01:57 am GMT
Shapley's Equitone 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, GOLD
$20.62

Brighten duns, palominos, and golden colors.

02/20/2024 02:28 am GMT
SHAPLEY'S 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, RED
$26.48

For chestnuts and some bays

02/20/2024 02:07 am GMT
Shapley's 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, BLACK
$20.92

For dark bays, black points, and black horses

02/20/2024 01:52 am GMT
02/20/2024 03:08 am GMT
4 Pairs Exfoliating Gloves
$8.95 ($2.24 / Count)
02/20/2024 08:13 am GMT
Shires Cactus Cloth
$16.19 ($16.19 / Count)
02/20/2024 03:18 pm GMT
Farnam Slick 'N Easy Horse Grooming Block
$4.45

Good for grooming, shedding, and bot egg removal

02/19/2024 01:23 pm GMT
02/20/2024 08:38 pm GMT
02/20/2024 08:38 pm GMT
02/20/2024 03:32 pm GMT
02/20/2024 03:32 am GMT
02/19/2024 03:57 pm GMT
02/20/2024 08:13 am GMT
02/19/2024 09:42 pm GMT
02/20/2024 08:18 am GMT
02/20/2024 05:37 pm GMT
Cavallo Simple Hoof Boot for Horses, Size 3, Black
$177.90

This style is great to protect the hoof, but is not soft and squishy for laminitis cases.

02/20/2024 06:17 pm GMT
EasyCare Glove Hoof Boot
$84.08

These boots are great for protecting barefoot horses.

02/20/2024 08:12 pm GMT
Whinny Wellies from Sox For Horses

Tough, weather-resistant covering for wraps and bandaging.

Silver Bells - Sox For Horses

For hoof protection when equine pastern dermatitis is a risk.

Durasole
$17.86 ($4.46 / Fl Oz)
02/19/2024 11:48 am GMT
SHAPLEY'S 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, RED
$26.48

For chestnuts and some bays

02/20/2024 02:07 am GMT
Shapley's 32 oz. Color Enhancing Shampoo, BLACK
$20.92

For dark bays, black points, and black horses

02/20/2024 01:52 am GMT
Magic Sheen Spray 1Qt
$18.15 ($18.15 / Count)
02/19/2024 04:37 pm GMT
Dritz 638 Deluxe Seam Ripper, Blue
$5.32

For taking out braids

02/19/2024 06:47 pm GMT
Bent Latch Hook 6.25", Wood Handle
$5.21

For braiding most styles

02/19/2024 07:27 pm GMT
3.0 CUFT Pine Bedding
$28.62 ($28.62 / Count)
02/20/2024 03:37 pm GMT
02/19/2024 08:02 pm GMT
02/20/2024 01:27 pm GMT
02/20/2024 10:53 am GMT
02/19/2024 07:42 pm GMT
02/19/2024 07:33 pm GMT

Thank you!