Packing Time by #TeamDiO Member Brooke Klinger
First let me introduce myself, my name is Brooke Klinger and I am 17 years old. I live in New Jersey and I own 3 horses. I've been riding horses since I’ve been 4. My main mount, The Dirty Ole Dance has led me to numerous 1D wins, along with winning saddles, and winning the All American Quarter Horse Congress Youth Pole Bending 2 years in a row (2016-2017). My other two horses I compete on are, Kings Gold Pine, and Gotti Be Early. King was my first horse I got when I was 10, and Sonny is my 4 year old that I got last June. I compete along the East Coast and am a part of NBHA, NPBA, and AQHA. I am so happy to be a part of #TeamDiO. I believe in this product and my horses and I love it! I have to thank my sponsors, DiO, MVP, Fierce Cowgirl, Mandy’s Custom Tack and More, and Pistol LillyRanch. I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my family, friends and sponsors!
We always hear everyone say “be prepared”. Being prepared comes a long way. If it's just going on a short trail ride with friends or going to a week long competition, having some important key items in your trailer is very important. Today I am going to be talking about some important things to keep in your trailer. Everyone gets excited to go to the barrel race and sometimes we end up forgetting some important stuff at home! I always tend to pack our trailer a few days in advance, so I can double and triple check that I have everything. Making a checklist while packing can help some people. I know that it helps me! When packing the trailer I always go down the list to make sure I have important items packed. To start off, everyone should have some sort of medicine box. Whether it contains banamine, bute, SMZ’s, electrolytes, bandages, scissors, needles, syringes, a thermometer, you name it, it is important to be ready for any possible situation. Many horses may not drink as much water as they should when they arent home, therefore giving your horse electrolytes is a very helpful product. Horses can lose a lot of electrolytes after a hard workout.
If you’re not going to be back at the barn for a few days make sure you pack your horses grain and hay! I pre-make my horses feed with all their supplements in a ziplock bag. It makes it easier and I know that I have enough grain for each day. Always pack extra grain and hay just in case something happens where you may need to spend another night! Having your water tank full is important in case you need to stop while traveling to offer your horses water. Remember your buckets and hay bags!
Lots and lots of shavings! If you know the stalls where you are going don't already have mats, having lots of shavings or bringing your own mats is helpful. You want your horse as comfortable as possible! Don't forget to pack your wheelbarrow and pitchfork!
Obviously you will pack brushes and combs, as well as a hoof pick. It’s also a good idea to have shoe pullers in case a shoe gets loose and starts to twist. Extra shoes made for your horse are great to pack in case you lose one and there is a farrier on site who can tack it on for you.
When I begin to pack my tack, I always make sure I have an extra pair of everything. In case something were to break I always have a back up. If I bring 2 or 3 horses i'll have a back up for each horse. I always like to pack multiple bits that my horses are used to in case something wasn't quite working in our run, and we need to switch. Having more rather then not quite enough is always better! Having extra pairs of horse boots are important in case straps rip or they get disgusting and you don't have enough time to clean them in between runs. I have an obsession with boots, as my horses have almost every color!
Weather can be unpredictable, therefore packing a few different blankets for your horse is beneficial. Weather can change at any time during your trip. If it's going to be hot where you're headed, having fans to hang in their stalls is another good idea. Make sure to pack extension cords in case the outlet is far away from your stalls!
When it comes to therapy products, one thing that I like to pack is all my back on track products. I've had great luck with this product. I also pack my Silver Horse Care nebulizer in case my horses were coughing or not breathing well. My ice vibes are always packed as a cool down for my horses legs and the vibration part of the boots are great as a warm up. My equisports massager has become very handy while on the road. If my horses are sore I know that my equisports massager can help relieve their soreness. Poultice is very important to pack as well as extra standing wraps and no bows. My horses all have a set of soft rides. Whether it comes to trailering or standing in their stalls, soft rides are great to help your horse stand comfortably. Standing on the hard concrete floor all day isn't always comfortable! Lastly, of course everyone should have their Draw It Out liniment handy! Either the gel or concentrate form is a great product to use on your horses after a good workout to relieve their soreness!
We all think about our horses more than we do ourselves! It is important to pack spare tires, a jack, jumper cables, tools exc.. If your truck isn't working then you’re not going to get where you need to go! I hope that some of these products that I stated and tips to packing, help you on your trips to your competitions! Remember to always double and triple check!
Meet Brooke Klinger
I am 17 years old. I live in New Jersey and I own 3 horses. I've been riding horses since I’ve been 4. My main mount, The Dirty Ole Dance has led me to numerous 1D wins, along with winning saddles, and winning the All American Quarter Horse Congress Youth Pole Bending 2 years in a row (2016-2017). My other two horses I compete on are, Kings Gold Pine, and Gotti Be Early. King was my first horse I got when I was 10, and Sonny is my 4 year old that I got last June. I compete along the East Coast and am a part of NBHA, NPBA, and AQHA.