What's Needed in a Tack Box?

There are necessities in your Tack Box that you need to have access to at any given time. The items in a Tack Box are essential and will differ for every rider and equine. But ultimately, make sure that you keep your box clean and organized. Unsure of what might be important in your tack box? Here is a list of 12 essential

  1. Bridle
    Whether you’re jumping or eventing, you need a bridle for your horse.
Whether you’re jumping or eventing, you need a bridle for your horse. It is typically leather or nylon and can have nosebands or just fits over the ear. Consider bringing a plain snaffle bridle, as it’s versatile and can be used in both disciplines. You can bring full bridles or even just replaceable pieces. These pieces become very useful when your horse’s current bridle breaks. Backups will be handy and prevent you from spending money at those pesky pop-up tack shops. You can make a quick switch and keep riding without any issues.
  1. Girth

A comfortable and secure girth or cinch (depending on whether you are riding in English or Western style) is important for jumping and eventing. This piece keeps your saddle from slipping off your horse. Look for one that fits well and is made of quality materials. Check for dirt, dried sweat, and even sharp objects that could contribute to sores from the saddle. 

  1. Saddle Pads

As a rider, you should have multiple pads depending on whether you are practicing or participating in events and shows. The saddle pad needs to be placed carefully to prevent it from slipping past the horse’s shoulders and to avoid sores. The pad should match the cut and type of saddle so that it does not rub the hair off. Depending on the weather, you may want to bring a variety of saddle pads to suit different conditions. Consider getting a few different types of pads, such as a wool pad for colder weather, a moisture-wicking pad for hot weather, and a half pad for extra cushioning. 

  1. Boots and Wrap
    Protective boots and wraps are vital for both jumping and eventing

Protective boots and wraps are vital for both jumping and eventing. Splint boots will support you when jumping, reigning, or trail riding. Bring options, including open-front jumping boots, XC boots, and polo wraps. Whatever type of boots you use, ensure you are prepared by bringing them to protect your horse’s legs. 

  1. Helmet

A certified helmet is a must-have. Ensure you bring one that fits well and is comfortable to wear for extended periods. Adults and children of all ages are not safe from the strength and power of a horse. Helmets are necessary for all riders regardless of age and activity level of the journey. With the few types of helmets you may have, you can pack your show helmet to save room. You should fill extra hairnets in various areas of your tack box too. 

  1. Grooming Supplies

Don’t forget to pack grooming supplies to keep your horse clean and well-groomed! You will need various tools such as brushes, combs, and hoof picks. Some comb options include metal, rubber, or plastic to keep your horse’s coat shiny. Curry combs or bristle brushes may also be an option. Pack travel-size deodorant, a brush, Tide stick, sunscreen, and boot polish to be show ready.

  1. Fly Spray

Flies and other insects can be a nuisance depending on the time of the year and the show's location. Bring a quality fly spray to keep your horse comfortable and fly-free.

  1. First-aid kit

Accidents can happen, so having a well-stocked first-aid kit is essential. Some items that should be added to the kit include gauze, bandages, antiseptic spray, needles, syringes, and vet wrap. You can pack medications and ointment too! Equine Medical and Surgical Associates’ Quadrabiotic Enzyme Ointment can treat swollen and infected skin, too! You can’t forget to pack a human first aid kit as well. Chances are, if your horse gets hurt, you might be too. 

  1. Hoof Care

Whether you’re jumping or eventing, your horse's hooves need to be in good condition. Bring hoof care products such as a hoof pick, a brush, and a quality hoof conditioner.

  1. Hay Nets

If you’re traveling to a show, bringing your own hay nets is a good idea. This ensures your horse has access to clean hay and reduces the risk of digestive issues.

  1. Water buckets

Keep your horse hydrated at all times by bringing a water bucket. Having a few collapsible water buckets ensures your horse always has access to fresh water. Bring some zip ties to hang those buckets, and for other purposes you may discover. Buckets can be used for grooming and cleaning your horse as well.

  1. Blankets
Your horse may need a variety of blankets depending on the weather. Consider bringing a turnout blanket, a stable blanket, and a cooler after workouts. 

With these 12 essential items, you should be well-prepared for anything! Of course, your specific needs may vary based on your horse’s needs and your location. Keep your tack box cleaned and organized when using the contents inside. Double-check your packing list before heading out, and enjoy your time with your horse! At Equine Medical and Surgical Associates, we aim to get your horse back to peak health so you can enjoy your special time together. Tell us about your horse by contacting us today!