Getting Event-Ready with Laura Robinson
Getting event-ready can be stressful and there is nothing worse when you forget something, preparation is key. Here Laura gives her 10 top tips to be prepared for your events, be it at local shows or a major event:
- Make sure your horse is not going to be either too fresh or too tired for the day. Depending on what type of horse you have, in the run up to the event you should adapt your horse’s work load accordingly in anticipation to what they could be like.
- Adapting your horse’s feed/hay can also aid in your horse being ready. If he requires more energy, feed him closer to the show. We use TopSpec Turbo, which absolutely gives them a boost when it’s needed.
- Transport! Make sure it is set in place a few days before and maybe even a back-up. No one wants to be stuck at home because their engine won’t start.
- Clean your tack as this allows you time to check the tack is in good condition and see if anything needs re-placing or is missing.
- Pack the lorry/car yourself as you know what you need and even load some equipment the night before, so you don’t have to do as much in the morning and so can focus more on your horse.
- Think about the weather and any back-up equipment. Everyone knows how much the British weather can change, so make sure you pack all kinds of different weather gear!
- If you are staying over, think about what equipment you will need for you and your horse. Always pack extra of the essentials like feed, hay, water, bedding etc.
- Clip/bath/tidy – I love knowing my horse looks its best!
- Have help at the show. We all know that horses are unpredictable and it is always better to be safe than sorry, so take someone with you, even if they are not horsey. Extra help is always appreciated.
- Organise a photographer or get a friend/relative to video your experience, you don’t want to miss that special moment!
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