Make a list for everything you need to keep your horse in one piece for his away stay. Then make another list for everything you need for the 3 phases of competition. Then make another list for everything you need for yourself…basically make loads of lists. The shops are a fair trek away over on the main site, so although it’s not the end of the world if you do forget something crucial, taking a bit of time over your packing will pay off once you get there.
2 x whips
BP & Air Jacket
Ice gel & wraps
First aid kit
Mucking out kit
Hoof oil & brush
Portable charger & cable
Sleeping bag pillows and blanket
Milo’s coat, harness, lead & bed
Muesli & milk (bowl & spoon)
Grooming bits all packed into blue grooming box – don’t forget!!
Boot polish hooves (Tues pm)
Remember sugarbeat from bay, oats from trailer, whips outside stable
Teckna saddle cover for dress saddle
Blue scrunchie off Lynn
Your stabling fees are the same if you want to stay for just one night or the whole week, so if your horse is happy in his temporary accommodation why not make the most of the annual leave and stay on for the main event. My birthday fell on the Thursday last year, so some well-earned shopping once our competition was over was too good an opportunity to refuse!
Coming soon in Part 3: Course walking tips and making the most of your support group.