#horseshowhacks from Equiflexsleeve Fans!
We recently ran a contest asking our fans for their best #horseshowhacks, or smart tips and tricks to get through show days. Over here, we love using our Equiflexsleeves to save time over standing wraps – plus, they’re safer and give owners and riders peace of mind. Our fans had some great ideas, too! Thank you to everyone who submitted their tip, and we hope the post was helpful to many of you in the middle of show season. We’ve chosen our top eleven, and drew three random winners. Read through and learn some tricks to help make this show season your best one yet!
- Eileen Keller: QuikBraid works way better than human hairspray or hair gel on your own flyaways, and to help tame your hairnet, but be careful not to try to brush it out! It will only come out after a shower.
- Leslie Ann Briggle: Hang a box fan inside a rope hay net to attach it to a stall!
- Susan Jansen Auten: Use waxed upholstery thread rather than yarn for braiding – it’s easier to match colors and braids are tighter and stay in place.
- Amber Sparks: Take a rubber band and run it through itself and your short barrel reins, then over your saddle horn. Reins won’t get tight, you won’t have to lean over while you’re waiting, and the rubber band will break if it needs to. It will help keep your horses from trying to graze while waiting!
- Tammy Taylor: Stick Velcro to your trailer or barn tack room to organize and store your sport boots. Works great and prevents you from digging through bags of show gear to find the boots you need! Great tip for eventers!
- Kenzie Critterden: Use cut pieces of pool noodles for boot trees in tall boots!
- Jamie DeConcini: Bring a pocket hose for water – no need to wrestle dirty, bulky hoses and they store easily in a trailer! While they aren’t as durable as rubber hoses, they should stand up to horse show use.
- Keli Onaleaki: Corn starch or flour works great to get whites whiter before entering the ring.
- Erin Swann: Shave white socks! If they’re clipped, they are much easier to keep clean. Baby powder helps whiten them up before showing as well.
- Taylor Cronk: Pack a spray bottle with diluted bleach to spray your stalls down before making up stalls for the night. Horse shows are a popular place for infectious diseases to spread between horses.
- Kristin Covington: Use ketchup on gray or white tails to remove stains! Let it sit for ten minutes before washing it out – it works great!
Three WINNERS were chosen at random from the above. Congratulations to Kenzie Critterden, Taylor Cronk and Amber Sparks!!! Please send an email to email@example.com for instructions on claiming your prize!
Many of our fans also suggested having bailing twine, zip ties, duct tape, electrical tape and large diaper pins on hand. The twine, tape and zip ties can help you fix anything, and the pins are great for broken zipper pulls or attaching your numbers. EXTRAS OF EVERYTHING will come in handy for yourself and probably others on the show grounds – extra stirrup leathers, extra reins, extra double end snaps. We don’t think it’s possible to have too many double end snaps! Baby wipes, too. They work great everything, from boots to horse faces right before entering the ring!
As so many of you reminded us, showing doesn’t have to be high pressure, and should be a good time for you, your horse, and your stablemates regardless of placings. Cassie Sprenger put it well: “Count the positives at the end of the day and learn from the mistakes”.
Have a great weekend!