Ringside Grooming Kit Checklist

What to bring to the warm-up ring at a horse show for last minute touch-ups before your class.


There’s no need to tote everything but the kitchen sink to the show ring with you. Professional grooming expert Liv Gude’s ringside essentials will fit into a small bucket:

  • Hoof pick with brush.
  • Hoof polish/oil for touch-ups.
  • Elastic bands to repair a braid, if needed.
  • Zip ties for emergency tack repair.
  • Dry washcloth for last-minute wipe-down.
  • Damp washcloth to remove any slobber.
  • Bottles of water for rider (and groom).

Some grooms also bring a cooler or sheet to toss over the tacked-up horse to keep the dust off until it’s time to enter the ring.

Pre-show grooming

For last-minute touch-ups before entering the ring, Quarter Horse trainer Roger Daly relies simply on a clean, dry towel to wipe off any dust, and a comb to run through the mane.

“If you’re at a show by yourself, the most important thing is to check the feet before you go into the ring to be sure you haven’t picked up a stone or anything during warm-up,” Gude notes.

This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to subscribe!


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