What Horse Equipment Do You Need When Competing?


Planning for an event takes a lot of time and preparation, so ensure you are ready for the big day by packing everything you will need for your trip. When it comes to switching out your trusty horse turnout rugs for your competition wear, you don’t want to find yourself caught short, so get your equipment ready in advance and tick one of your duties off the list. To help you get ready for your next competition, we’ve pulled together an overarching list of the necessities to get you started.


A large barn with a tree and a house beside
Photo by Andreas Selter on Unsplash

For many attendees, the way they dress is a huge part of the event, maintaining a professional aesthetic that shows off them and their horse. Be sure to check the weather forecast for the location of the event, packing to prepare for any rain showers or sunny weather to ensure you stay comfortable throughout the duration. It is often worth carrying back up clothing too, leaving you covered in the event of any mishaps such as dirt or unexpected weather.

  • Bottoms such as jodhpurs or breeches
  • Show shirt and jacket
  • Helmet cover if required
  • Gloves
  • Schooling apparel

Safety wear

Your safety is a number one priority so ensuring that you are dressed in protective clothing in case of any accidents is paramount. If you are travelling overseas, check the standards of safety which are required for your helmet as these can differ from place to place. It is also worth bringing some quality riding boots to protect the feet and lower legs from any rubbing on the saddle straps, minimising discomfort for maximum performance.

  • Approved helmet
  • Safety vest
  • Show boots

Grooming equipment

Young horse in a barn
Photo by Filipe Dos Santos Mendes on Unsplash

As you show up to the event, ensure your horse is looking their best by staying on top of grooming throughout the trip. Bringing your supplies with you will allow you to make sure your horse maintains their clean and presentable appearance, ready to impress as they arrive to the event.

  • Body brush
  • Mane comb
  • Detangler
  • Shampoo/ conditioner
  • Bucket
  • Hoof pick


Avoid any bumps in the road by travelling with all of the paperwork you may need throughout your trip. By having all of the documents in one central place, keep stress to a minimum and carry a hardback file or pouch so you know where to find everything. It is also recommended to keep emergency information such as a local vet or breakdown company handy so you can access them quickly if needed.

  • Proof of event registration
  • Required paperwork for you and your horse
  • Veterinary information
  • Insurance information

Day to day essentials

Front yard and houses
Used with permission of Blackband Design

Although you are travelling for an event, ensure you don’t overlook the day to day equipment. Keeping your horse in their usual routine will ensure that are happy and healthy during the trip, so stay prepared by bringing along the essentials they will need. Especially if staying overnight, keeping your horse warm and comfortable will avoid unwanted stresses so your horse can perform to their maximum potential.

  • Leg wraps or boots
  • Blankets or rugs
  • Regular feed and hay
  • Supplements or medications
  • First aid kit
  • Buckets and mucking equipment

Thanks to ruggles-horse-rugs.co.uk for consulting.


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