Have ready before you leave:
Pack for the day:
- 2 lead ropes, one cotton, one with a chain.
- Longe line
- Longe whip
- Haynet or flake bag
- Hay for as many days as you will be staying
- Grain if you'll be there for 'mealtimes'.
- Some people like to feed beat pulp for energy and moisture
- Picket ropes or portable corrals if camping over.
- 3 buckets—one for horse watering and two for washing and sponging.
- Water (if possible)—horses may be more likely to drink water from home.
- Apples and carrots to encourage horses to get their nose into feed or water.
- Electrolytes if using.
- Sponges—one that fastens to your saddle.
- You can also make scoops from old jugs to get water on your horse.
- Rain sheet—be prepared for any weather.
- Liniment—to be used only after competition is over.
- Replacement shoe like an Easy Boot if possible.
- Wrist watch
- Fly sheet
- Lined or winter blanket—if there is chance of cold weather.
- Breast plates or crupper if used.
- Extra saddle pads or blankets to replace wet ones.
- Girth or cinch
- Sweat scraper
- Bug spray
- Basic first aid kit
- Water bottle to mix electrolytes on trail (if using).
- Large syringe to administer electrolyte mixture.
- Water bottle for rider.
- Energy snack for rider/
- Fanny pack to carry electrolytes and bottles.
- Comfortable riding pants.
- Safe riding boots or shoes
- Clothing – be prepared for extremes in weather. I also recall after some rides being fatigued enough to feel chilled in spite of the hot weather.
- Tent if there is no sleeping quarters in your trailer.
Camping GearOf course if you are camping over you’ll need all the camping gear for yourself too. David Sweet, About Guide to Camping has Gear Checklists to help you assemble and organize the people gear too. My one recommendation is that you make sure you have somewhere comfortable to sleep. Waking up stiff and sore from sleeping on a thin pad might not be the best way to start the day of a long ride.
Food and DrinkI find that we like to take along food that requires minimum cooking for suppers around the camp. Others enjoy producing gourmet meals on a portable grill. Decide how much energy you think you’ll have for cooking and plan accordingly.
For vet stops where time is short an energy bar and cubed melons or sliced fruit are easy to grab and eat while walking with your horse. Sandwiches tend to fall apart if you have one hand on the reins while you try to eat. It is just as important for the rider to drink as the horse. Water or sports drinks are great. You can try some of the recommendations from from Wendy Bumgardner, Your Guide to Walking and find recipes to make your own less expensively.