For this week's blog post, I contacted K and T's very own Dalton Hauser. She was generous enough to give me a few great tips for show prepping that will hopefully make your prep go a little smoother!
Make a list:
"To prep I always make a list of everything. Everytime. Lists are a life saver."
Lists are simple tools to help you keep (somewhat) organized as show day rolls around. It's great to laminate them or put them within a sheet protector to keep it clean and safe so you can pull it out as needed.
How to Pack:
"As for packing, I always take everything out of my tack box and then completely repack it. Normally some stuff is only used at home. I use a lot of those fabric grocery bags from food lion for my horse's blankets and feed. They're cheap and they do the job!"
This is a great, affordable hack for packing for shows. Don't forget to check local drug stores, dollar stores, or even home improvement stores for cheap storage ideas. Everyone functions differently ( I'm rather the "organized chaos" type) but make sure you take the time to assess your tack trunk and organize accordingly.
What to Wear:
"If it's an overnight show I bring my k and t banner for my horse, Rondo's, stall. My K and T halter & lead, and tons of sweatshirts are always packed with me because the weather can be crazy!"
Extra clothes are a no-brainer. The weather loves to throw curve balls, so remember to pack something adequate for any pop-up storms, cold air, etc. In the hassle of packing, this can sometimes be overlooked, but the only thing worse then being stressed and tired is stressed, tired, and uncomfortable.
"I live off of Vertrolin products to make my horse super clean and looking good!"
Dalton highly recommends Vertrolin's detangler gel for use on the tail. A little bit goes along way, and it always leaves her horse's tail soft, shiny, and smooth. Dalton also recommends their coat spray for an after-bath treatment!