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Field Day Essentials


Every year my barn family and I prepare for “field day”. This is one of my most favorite days and one that everybody in the barn looks forward to all summer. You might be wondering, well, what is field day and why is it so great? These are all good questions! Field day is essentially our hunter derby prep day and chance to have a light-hearted field trip with our best friends and horses. We truck over to a neighboring farm with a huge field full of all kinds of jumps, have lessons, and practice over all the jumps you wouldn’t encounter in a traditional lesson setting.

With everyone being so jazzed about field day you can imagine that packing starts pretty early. So, what are the essentials? Well, when I think about field day I think safety first. My top priority is making sure that my horses shoes are drilled and tapped so that I can put studs and safely jump around on the grass. Stud kits are essential, so make sure you’ve gone through your kit the week before to ensure you have all the tools you need.

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Second, I want my horse to be comfortable and not irritated by any insects. As you can imagine in the summer weather there’s bugs everywhere and even more ticks around than normal. My USG Ear Bonnet and Ultrashield EX Fly Spray make the top of the list.

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Thirdly, I love to have some liquid Vetrolin liniment on hand so I can give my mare a nice brisk bath after our ride to help soothe her muscles, which I know will be a little sore from all the hill work and extra jumping. The Leovet Celsius Gel is also a great addition if you’re looking to cool down and soothe tired legs. This is my favorite liniment of all time and I really do think that it works!

Vetrolin Liniment

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Field day, in my opinion, is the best day out of the whole summer but it’s not without preparation and a big thank you to our horses at the end of the day. The above are just some of the most important things I do to help my horse feel at the top of her game on one of the best days of the year. If you’re planning your own field day, just remember – be prepared, be safe, and most importantly have fun!

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