We’ve all been there. Standing over your open tack trunk and thinking, “I really should have packed that.” In this case, “that” could be anything from a bandaid to an extra pair of boot laces. Here is a list of some of the things you’ll want in your tack trunk at all times just in case of an accident or emergency situation:
Extra hairnets – sometimes they rip.
Hair ties – you’ll need a million of these, I mean literally a million.
Gloves – a spare pair never hurts!
Spurs and/or crop – rounded or not, big or small, long or short, bat or whip.
Groom Box: Hard brush, soft brush, flick brush, curry comb or curry mitt or metal curry comb, hoof pick, hoof polish, mane/tail brush, sponge, towel, fly spray, show sheen, and rubbing alcohol.
Saddle soap and conditioner – keep that leather clean!
First Aid Kit – Neosporin, hand sanitizer, Advil or Tylenol.
Black Sharpie/pen – write on that blue ribbon!
Sunscreen – especially in the summer heat.
Water Bottles – stay hydrated.
Granola Bars – you’ll get hungry.
Tampons/Pads – for when it’s that time of the month.
Treats – you have to give the horses a reward, obviously!
I hope you have thought about some more things you might want to have in your trunk besides the basics!
About Estelle: Estelle Kraft, 15, of San Diego, CA, rides with Leah Von Henkle as a working student. She currently shows in Medal and Equitation Classes on the AA/A and County circuit. You can follow her on Instagram at @estellemkraft and @perffect.equ.