What horsey items would be on your 'must have' list if you had to reduce?

The newest twist to our crazy adventure is the three horse bumper pull trailer Jesse bought yesterday. The plan is to leave Ohio this week and head to Oklahoma City to visit the NRHA Reining Futurity and see Jac (yah!). Then we are headed on to New Mexico, Arizona and California. We will return to the Mid-West in March for appearances and to attend The Road to the Horse.

Today was a minor repeat of the packing process we went through last January and February when we were moving out of our house. I completely underestimated the amount of time it would take to move from our six horse trailer to the smaller one. About half way through our almost eight hour day of reducing and repacking I declared, “In a few years when we settle down we are going to be hoarders!” On some days (like today) it seems that life would be more simple if I didn’t have to calculate the weight, shape and necessity of every item we have with us. That’s the tough part. The easy part is that once we leave on this four month mini-adventure, house keeping and organization will be simple.

Some stuff was easy to leave behind but I had to laugh, we will be traveling this leg of our journey with only two horses…yet we packed four saddle pads (color options) and four sets of leg wraps (some with knee protection and some without). What is the bare minimum you would need if you had two horses traveling around with you? What horsey items would be on your ‘must have’ list if you had to reduce?

new (used) horse trailer

There is more in the front dressing room, it took us all day to sort through what to keep and what to leave behind until March.

P.S.- The good news is that each time we repack it gets easier. Still tiring, but I guess it is like many other things…the more you practice the better you get at it!

…I’m gonna be an expert…


  1. Jan on November 26, 2014 at 7:49 am

    The more I read the posts the more I realize I’m forgetting important items. The list is growing.

  2. Lori B. on November 24, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Extra halters, extra shanks, bridle, saddle, curry comb, soft brush, old towel, Cowboy Magic, “Cool Cast” (Invaluable for injuries), Bute, Banamine, thermometer, syringes, omeprazole, disposable diapers (2) to wrap wound, Ozonole (stops saddle sores from turning white), Furacine ointment, hoof pick, duct tape, horse salt (loose), Bug Spray X Lots!, fly sheet and mask, horse blanket, bucket, muck bucket, fork, some binder twine, road flares, something to drive your trailer up on to change a tire, hitch lock, horse ? cubes/bales etc, some water for your horse in case you can’t get to the next stop, and a flashlight! How’s that? 🙂

  3. firnhyde on November 24, 2014 at 12:27 am

    I’m quite Spartan in comparison to many people. All my horses share one set of bandages; most of them are different shapes, neccessitating different saddles, but each saddle has only one pad. Instead of one bridle for each horse I have one bridle for each bit – that way I don’t have to wrestle with changing bits! But I do carry an obsessive amount of spare reins anywhere I go. I could still cope if I broke a stirrup leather, but not without reins. I’m not you 😉

  4. katzarr on November 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    REDUCE nither one; if i had to purchase another small trailer, behind another car,; would not get rid of either
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    Carolyn E Williams well, my cloths would leave before my horsey tack, etc. just saying HORSESY stuff comes 1st

  5. Jan on November 23, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Saddle, two pads, two bridles, appropriate bits, riding helmet, crop, stick/string; lunge line, couple good lead ropes, grooming tools, fly spray, shampoo, conditioner, detangler, braiding bands, old towels for any number of things, Vetericyn, gauze pads, Vet Wrap, Cooler, blankets if/as appropriate, 5-10 gallons of water, water buckets, muck buckets, manure fork, bag of shavings for trailer, feed, farrier tools to pull a shoe… That should get me out the door for a weekend trip. The more I thought about it the longer the list got.

  6. kay jeffries on November 23, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’ll see you in Arizona. My horse arrived today in Camp Verde, AZ.

  7. Jessica on November 23, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    What are the two horses you are traveling with? (Newt and Popcorn)

  8. Heather on November 23, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    My English and western saddles, 2 pads to go with each saddle (I think rotating tack is good for the horse’s comfort), my Cavallo Boots and Glove Boots, 2 different bridles with 2 different Myler Bits,
    medical supplies, coolers…hmmm…and I’m sure lots more lol!

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