by Olivia Kile May 29, 2020 3 min read
With the country slowly reawakening, the horse world is following suit. With shows, clinics, riding lessons and all the fun stuff canceled, COVID-19 blanketed the equine industry with a tightly knitted sheet of isolation and slowed time down to snail pace.
Quarantine- a sweet deal if you’re more of an animal person anyways. Good thing a barn full of horses doesn’t count towards your group gathering limit, so if you were an essential worker at a barn- lucky you!
Finally, things are starting to look more normal, lessons are starting back up, clinics are being scheduled and (our favorite) horse shows are commencing!
There are already a slew of rated, regional and local shows coming up in the next few short weeks. The anticipation is even greater this year than any other. Even though many competitions were canceled from local shows to international competitions, the horse world is prevailing and coming back with strong excitement.
Just a short list of events to attend or live stream to get your horse show fix in:
This year, there are no excuses: with quarantine, our whole industry coming to a halt and more down time than we all knew what to do with, being ultra-ready for our first summer 2020 show is a must. This is what we’ve all been waiting for after all whether you’re a competitor, owner, groom or just like to go watch; horse shows are a source of entertainment and a chance to show off all of the hard work and training!
Every show, there is usuallysomething that is forgotten, an extra pair of sneakers, the wrong saddle pad, a hairnet, your horse’s health cert papers (!!) etc.. With all of this time we had to prepare, don’t waste it! Not missing any important equipment or items makes the rest of the show day/weekend less stressful.Making a solid horse show checklist will be a huge step in arriving calmly, prepared and having everything go smoothly. There are lots of items to remember, and a bunch you always wish you had thought of! Some people’s show agenda is super simple and only includes the essentials for a minimalistic approach and less stress when planning and some people’s checklists look like a tack shop’s inventory spreadsheet. Whichever side of the spectrum you land on, here is a healthy list for all riders:
Nutrition(for your horse AND you!)
Too often riders forget that their own nutrition is just as important as their horse’s. Usually, we chug a large coffee from dunkin andmaybescarf down a sugary donut after the schooling ring. Dehydration and an empty stomach can easily lead to a deficit of concentration and energy, two things that become dangerous to lack while mounted on a 1,200lb animal.
Olivia has a passion for all things equestrian and equine health and still enjoys riding. Olivia earned a bachelor's degree in Equine Science from Delaware Valley University and currently works as a sales and marketing assistant at Breeches.com
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