Must Read for Equestrian Lovers: Horse Show Checklist

Making separate lists for the rider and for the horse can be an easy way to organize your tack, clothing and supplies.

Knowing this information first will make packing much easier and you and your horse will be prepared. For instance, you will not need extra bedding, pitchforks etc. if your barn will not be renting stalls. Familiarizing yourself with the overview of the show, accommodations, for both horse and rider, and other expectations will determine what (and how much of it) you will pack.



The first things to think about when packing for a show are paperwork and necessary documents that the show delegates will require of you. These might depend on the governing body that is facilitating the show.

A few general documents that should groupon horse carriage prices always have a place safely tucked in a closable folder are:

  • Coggins/ health certificate
  • Required membership information (for rider and horse)
  • Horse’s registration papers (copies)
  • The rule book of the governing body

Trailering all the way in and finding out that you don’t have the needed paperwork to even step into the ring can be quite frustrating. Compensate for the time needed to acquire the paperwork too! Don’t wait until the day before the show to ask your vet for a negative Coggins or health certification.


What do I bring for my horse in the horse show?

After you’ve wrangled up your paperwork and answered those first few questions, you should start the official packing.

This is where a few of those questions are necessary to have answered. If your horse is a finicky eater and you know or have doubts that he or she will eat and drink regularly off property, bringing food and water from “home” may help. Even slightly different tasting water can seem like the world is ending to a picky horse.



Not eating will add additional stress to your horse, not allowing them to perform at their best. If your horse has not eaten or consumed water in a long amount of time and they seem lethargic or depressed, scratching from the rest of your classes may be the healthiest choice. Shipping sicknesses can also be a part of this too– another reason why having an updated health certificate is so important; it isn’t just an inconvenience, it’s to protect the horses!

  • Hay
  • Water
  • Buckets (at least 2- 1 for drinking water and another for bathing)
  • Flavoring and/ or electrolytes
  • Grain (the usual type, brand and amounts)


Bringing food and water from home is a good idea anyway in case there are issues with the provided feed or water. Packing a powdered electrolyte or flavoring mix could be the difference between a healthy or dangerously dehydrated horse. Always offer water multiple times throughout the day even between classes.